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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Leveraging multimedia for eLearning by Ruth Clark

Use instructional methods proven to align with natural learning processes
Take a look at this white paper developed by Ruth Clark, author of "e-Learning and the Science of Instruction" and "Efficiency in Learning."

Face-to-face classroom learning versus eLearning
Figure below shows a histogram of the effect sizes from over 300 studies comparing learning from various forms of electronic distance technology to learning in face-to-face classrooms. As you can see, most of the effect sizes fall close to zero, indicating no practical learning differences between a digital and face-to-face delivery. However, in some cases,computer-delivered training resulted in more effective learning than classroom learning, and vice versa.

In this white paper, we’ve looked at some of the most important guidelines for using visuals,audio, text, and interactivity in ways that promote human learning processes.

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