Understanding Multimedia Documents deals with issues of great interest to an expanding community of multimedia designers and professional users, such as teachers and information workers. Multimedia documents are increasingly used to communicate knowledge in the mass media and educational contexts. In order to improve their practice, designers, teachers, and other professionals interested in the use of multimedia documents must be aware of how multimedia documents impact students' perception, comprehension and use of information.
Yet knowledge of multimedia quality and its optimal conditions of use is still rather fragmented. While there have been significant advances in the theoretical and empirical analysis of individual processes of document comprehension, the field is still evolving rapidly. New and sophisticated investigation techniques have been designed in the past few years, e.g., eye tracking, automated data collection, that provide analytical data on the complex mental processes involved. The studies presented in this book reflect those advances. They cover a wide range of situations, tasks and domains where multimedia documents may be used and provide in-depth information about the cognitive processes involved in the comprehension and use of such documents.
Understanding Multimedia Documents is of interest to researchers and professionals in a variety of fields, including education and multimedia information systems. Professionals who use multimedia documents as a tool to communicate concepts will find this a hugely illuminating text. It provides a comprehensive and up to date account of relevant research issues, methodologies and results in the area of multimedia comprehension. More specifically, the book draws connections between cognitive research, instructional strategies and design methodologies. It includes theoretical reviews, discussions of research techniques, ad original experimental contributions. The book highlights essential aspects of current theories, and trends for future research on the use of multimedia documents.
Understanding Multimedia Documents: An Introduction.- Understanding Multimedia Documents: An Introduction.- Memory Processes in Multimedia Comprehension.- Why Multimedia Learning is not Always Helpful.- Text and Picture Integration in Comprehending and Memorizing Spatial Descriptions.- Display of Key Pictures from Animation: Effects on Learning.- Levels of Verbal Redundancy, Note-Taking and Multimedia Learning.- Learning from a Multimedia Explanation: A Comparison of Static Pictures and Animation.- Contextual Strategies in Document-Based Learning.- Search and Comprehension Processes in Learning from Text.- Searching User-Controllable Animations During Learning.- Studying Eye Movements in Multimedia Learning.- The Interaction of Verbal and Pictorial Information in Comprehension and Memory.- Multimedia Research in Perspective.- Hypertext Was Born Around 1200.- From Film and Television to Multimedia Cognitive Effects.- How Should We Evaluate Multimedia Learning Environments?.- Memory Processes in Text and Multimedia Comprehension: Some Reflections and Perspectives.
Hypermedia comprehension as information problem solving.- Why multimedia learning is not always helpful.- Text and picture integration in comprehending and memorizing spatial descriptions.- Studying eye movement in multimedia learning.- Search and comprehension processes in learning from text.- Searching user-controllable animations during learning.- Learning from animation in individual and collaborative setting: does the permanence of previous frames on the screen improve learning?.- Designing multimedia explanations of casual and dynamic systems.- Verbal redundancy, notetaking, and multimedia learning,- The interaction of verbal and pictorial information in comprehension and memory.- Comprehension of a spoken text: effects of different types of illustrations.- What can we learn about hypermedia from the history of books?.- From film and television to multimedia cognitive effects.- How should we evaluate multimedia learning environments?.- Discussion.
Professionals who use multimedia documents as a tool to communicate concepts will find this a hugely illuminating text. It provides a comprehensive and up to date account of relevant research issues, methodologies and results in the area of multimedia comprehension. More specifically, the book draws connections between cognitive research, instructional strategies and design methodologies. It includes theoretical reviews, discussions of research techniques, ad original experimental contributions. The book highlights essential aspects of current theories, and trends for future research on the use of multimedia documents.
Clear focus on multimedia documents considered from a cognitive perspective
Includes new ideas about how readers deal with multimedia information
Presents new empirical findings about what works and what does not work in the design and use of multimedia documents
Offers both a scientific and a historical perspective on the design and use of documents
Includes new examples of documents illustrating positive and negative design options