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Multimedia Instruction

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Multimedia Instruction



Multimedia Instruction involves the use of diverse types of media such as text graphics, video, and interactivity to convey an instructional message. Multimedia learning now encompasses a wide range of immersive experiences, from videos based on course content goals and online virtual environments. There are many options for Multimedia creation including applications such as Camtasia and the One Button Studio and assistance for creating videos with the Digital Media Center as well as libraries of ready-made materials available via Lynda Campus and Gartner.


Possible Instructional Uses:

  • Pre/post class assignments, flipped or blended classes 
  • Recordings for asynchronous online classes 
  • Providing feedback on student work 
  • Demonstrating problem solving and other processes 
  • Providing supplemental tutorials to supplement learning gaps or add additional, optional topics to the course 
  • Student produced multimedia projects —presentation, group work, demos, experiments 
  • Provide a simulation of a skill or experience 

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Additional Tools:

Tips for using Multimedia Instruction:

  • Make sure that you have clear goals for using Multimedia Instruction and the time to prepare it.  
  • Provide a preview of recorded content before viewing the recording.  People learn when they know the key terms prior to receiving a multimedia lesson. (Mayer, 2017) Additionally, build on and interact with recorded content in class by encouraging active discussion, and organizing student-centered activities. 
  •  Keep recordings as short as possible. People learn better, when a multimedia lesson is presented in small user-paced segments (Mayer, 2017). 
  • Be sure to include both relevant words and graphics in video presentations. Students will select and connect with both elements, creating a mental model of the material. (Moreno, 2002) 
  • If the recordings are required for assignments, make sure that all of your students have access to them, are comfortable using devices and LMS to download and play podcasts, and include technical requirements. 


Mayer, R. E. (2017). Using Multimedia for e-learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning,33, 403-423. doi: 

Moreno, R. (2002). Learning in High-Tech and Multimedia Environments. Current Directions in Psychological Science,12(2), 63-67. doi: 

Lecture Capture. (n.d.). Retrieved from 

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices. (2013, January 07). Retrieved from 

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