This is the last post, so here we go. For this assignment, I constructed a response on how multimedia principles can be used with various projects in a classroom. Here’s my complete response on the topic:
“One of the biggest things obtained in this course was the theory and practice related to multimedia principles. This course built each project around knowing these principles and applying them to our personal multimedia usage. Because of this, I was permitted to look at my current multimedia presentations, and modify and adapt them applying the principles presented in this course. Beyond revamping my personal presentations, there are a variety of modifications that can be made related to student media projects in my classes. For the purpose of this response, I will focus my central idea on the Redundancy Principle as it applies to Adobe Video presentations.
Adobe Video is an easy to use application that permits users to create dynamic videos with text, music, and narration capabilities. With this application, one may violate Redundancy Principles. The Redundancy Principle calls for users to omit on screen text with narration. Research has shown that this can cause cognitive overload and hinder the learning process of those viewing the presentation. One thing to note is that one can include text and images, images and audio, but to avoid all three. Taking this principle and having students apply it involved modifying a rubric and explaining how the theory and practice to my students. After the principle had been explained, an Adobe Video project was assigned, where students had to apply the Redundancy Principle to their work. In my experience and observations, when students are assigned multimedia projects, they feel the need to include an overloading amount of information in the way of text, narration or both. In putting this into practice, it was important to remind learners that multimedia presentations should not contain significant amounts of text or long amounts of narration on a single slide. The Modality Principle says that audio narration must be “brief and clear to be effective.” Interestingly, Adobe Video reminds users when they go over ten seconds on a slide to keep it shorter. I never thought that this was a reference to the Modality Principle, but it appears to be. With these principles in place, students completed their videos with amazing results. The blending of narration with images worked masterfully, with each student creating something unique.
Because I instruct technology courses, I feel that teaching them these principles for multimedia creation is of vital importance because so many do it the wrong way. I will be using this instructional strategy from now on in my courses, and will most likely begin the year by introducing them and having students apply them throughout the year. Moreover, I feel future teachers in preparatory programs would benefit from a multimedia class for curriculum creation and for student multimedia projects as discussed above. So, as summer approaches so does my approach to updating all my media presentations—a needed and essential act.”