Accession Number : ADA306703

Title :   Using Cognitive Principles to Design Multimedia Training Environments to Support Learning.

Descriptive Note : Semi-annual rept. May-Nov 95,

Corporate Author : GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA

Personal Author(s) : Catrambone, R. ; Guzdial, M. ; Ram, A. ; Stasko, J.

PDF Url : ADA306703

Report Date : 15 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : Our project focuses on developing multimedia systems to support human learning, based on cognitive principles and guidelines from cognitive science. The question is not so much whether multimedia makes a difference, but rather how can it best be deployed to make a difference? Our project focuses on developing multimedia systems to support human learning, based on cognitive principles and guidelines from cognitive science. The question is not so much whether multimedia makes a difference, but rather how can it best be deployed to make a difference? Specifically, what combinations of media and methods of interaction are most effective for learning, and why? Cognitive science has made significant advances in understanding human learning and training issues. Based on these advances, we can make strong hypotheses about how to construct effective interactive multimedia learning environments. We are using these hypotheses as the basis for a principled approach to the development of multimedia training systems and, in turn, further advance our understanding of learning and of media through careful assessment of the systems. In our initial investigations summarized here, our focus has been primarily on whether encouraging learners to interact in different ways with the system affects their learning, learning rate, and or transfer to new problems.

Descriptors :   *COGNITION, *PROBLEM SOLVING, *TRANSFER OF TRAINING, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, COMPUTER GRAPHICS, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, APTITUDE TESTS, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), CONDITIONING(LEARNING), TEACHING MACHINES.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE