Multimedia Learning.Nelson Mendoza (Contributions in Italics) (908001736Robin Martinez (Contributions in BOLD) (911386624)
Describe your personal learning preferences:• (Nelson) At the beginning of the course, I took the learning references survey and got the following results: Active = 7, Sensing = 7, Global = 5, and Visual = 1. Quite frankly I want to say that it scared me how accurate I think this test was. I read the description for each one and it described me perfectly. I am a person who likes to learn by doing, cannot just sit in class and watch a PowerPoint, and I learn by teaching other I don’t really think my view on my learning style has changed at the end of the course at all, in fact I think I was able to embrace it by using the various amounts of technology I had available to me. For example, I made heavy use of my laptop and tablet to do some side research of my economics lectures while in class to help boost my understanding of concepts. I guess my thinking has changed in a way to better support my learning preferences. I haven’t changed my views on my learning preferences just because I agree with the numbers and feel like my learning preferences are relatively established.• (Robin)When I first took the learning preferences survey it indicated that I was an active and verbal learner my scores were ACT=3, SEN=5, VRB=5, SEQ=5. It was interesting to see that most of my learning preferences described the way I learn concepts in most of my classes. On the other hand, I would have say that I disagree with some of the scores I got on the survey. For example when it came to the score for visual/ verbal preferences, it said that I learned best from spoken, and written explanations than through the use of visuals which I feel I fall in between the two and learn best when I have a visual and written explanations to give me a better understanding of the material. At the end of the class my thinking about my learning preferences has changed somewhat in the sense that after taking this class I was more aware of my learning preferences. I was able to use them to my advantage in other classes this semester especially in my Management class where most of what we learn in class is through verbal explanation. I learned to retain the material better through the use of these learning preferences.
Summarize your groups thoughts about learning preferences:• We both agree that after taking this course while trying to stay particularly aware of our previously subconscious learning preferences, it made this semester slightly less challenging. I think that my thinking has not changed much about my learning preferences because I was already aware of them however my colleague does feel her attitude has changed because she was skeptical about her learning style but feels she can now embrace it. We think that knowing your learning style and being able to effectively utilizing it in the classroom and learning settings can be extremely helpful when it comes down to learning new material and retaining it, not just regurgitating it for an exam. If a person knows how their personal learning preferences work and what they are, it can become easier to pay attention in class, to study, and to be more successful. Otherwise you will be stuck frustrated unable to retain information like we once were. Ultimately, we feel that learning styles tool should be something taught early on so as to help students who struggle in school because it really helped us in being more successful this particular semester.
Describe the learning pathway you chose at the beginning of the class:• (Nelson) At the beginning of the semester, I chose the Learning Warrior pathway. I do enjoy helping others a lot, which made it difficult to choose between warrior and guide, but I decided that it was time I did some personal growth and learning myself before I ended my college term. I was able to learn a lot about social technologies that helped me expand my knowledge in ways to learn with others. I wanted to learn about how I could integrate collaborative websites into my group study sessions. I live in Pittsburg and some of my group members lived closer to campus, so meeting up wasn’t always ideal. We, instead, used sites like Google docs, dabble board, etc. to be able to collaborate together without actually all being present. I did not change my pathway but I did deviate a little to the learning guide because I was able to help other students set up accounts on delicious, Virtonomics and other miscellaneous collaborative websites. I decided not to change my pathway just because I wanted personal development.• (Robin) The learning pathway that I choose was learning sage. This semester I was able to successfully get a broader knowledge of multimedia technologies. I was able to use this type of technology with all my classes, but tended to use it most in my food production class and this class as well. My food production class lectures were delivered on slide presentations, and if we need to view it later we could so on our own time. Our teacher would also post e book link on line so that we could use it for our projects, which was a great learning tool and source. I would have to say that my learning pathway did not change much since I felt it would benefit my learning preference style more and how I would interact with these technologies in my other classes.
Summarize how the activities you completed contributed or did not contribute to your learning pathway• The multimedia technology that helped me get a broader understanding was through the use of PowerPoint slides. This helped me to visualize the lecture material, and look at the slides at my own pace, and allowed me to reference back to them if I needed to. Other activities that I found were the most helpful and helped me get a deeper understanding of how to use multimedia to learn were screener, and also through the links in each quest that we had to rate how effective it was. With screener I was able to understand and retain the lecture material better since I was able to see and hear the material. As for the links in each quest, I felt these were useful in learning because I discovered different types of multimedia sites that I could use for learning such a slideshare. This is a great source for info on just about anything.• Personally, I feel that the most useful multimedia for as far as learning were those that involved anytime of visual and audio in the presentation. For example, one of the most useful tools we both found was screener and YouTube. Being a visual learner, I don’t really need to hear the instructions as much but its great support because it emphasizes the task at hand. Also, the availability of so much information is amazing so having it all the click of a mouse is a great tool. The least useful resources for me were the ones that required reading. I absolutely hate reading and multimedia that is not visual (as in a person giving instructions and showing examples) its hard for me to pay attention. I tend to start daydreaming and dozing off.
Describe the top multimedia technologies you explored for learning:• The first multimedia technology I explored was Podcasts. After doing the quest for podcasts I started using it for my online business class to see how it would differ from watching my teacher lecture online. I found that listening to the podcasts were similar to viewing the lecture online and spoke to my verbal learning preferences. This accommodated my verbal preference very well in the sense it required me to really pay attention to what she was saying especially if important key terms where said. Another multimedia technology that I explored was screencast this accommodated to my visual learning preferences. This really helped me learn a lot and wish that teachers would actually use this piece of multimedia in all their classes. I felt it provided a better in - depth explanation of the topics covered, and helped me remember the topics covered better since I was able to see examples of what they were talking about. I felt that my other learning preferences were accommodate such as active learning preferences, and sequential, but not my sensing preferences. My sequential preferences were accommodated through the screencast since they slide and added audio were taught in a sequential manner, which was easy to follow along with, and allowed me to remember more.• The multimedia and screencast quests were probably the most useful and helpful. My active learning preferences were accommodated through the links on the quest since it gave me a chance to interact with the sources, which gives me a better way to apply these concepts to other concepts. I explored podcasts and screencasts a great deal this semester in my economics classes. I found that they were extremely useful while taking notes in class. I think multimedia was a huge help and contribution into my learning this semester especially since I am an active learner and love to continue my learning exploration. I can’t just sit and take notes and read a book. It’s harder for me to grasp the concepts. However while in class, I bookmarked a lot of podcasts, screencasts, and YouTube videos for later use. Evernote was a big help in organizing all of my multimedia.
Synthesize your groups experience investigating the use of different mobile technologies for learning• The multimedia technologies that interested us the most as learning tools especially for our learning were Screencast. These types of learning tool were new to me before I took this class and have found it really useful. It offered me time-flexible learning and really enhanced my learning process. It gave me the opportunity to go over taught material several times to clarify a particular concept or theory which is why I like this particular tool the best. The multimedia technologies that surprised us both were the interactive websites such as the EDHEADS, anatomy lesson Hip replacement surgery. We had never seen or known such a site existed! It allowed us to pretend to be surgeons and make decisions to test our knowledge. It allowed us to interact in a fun way, and still learn at the same time. We would definitely want to explore more types of these learning tools. This made learning fun, that in the end we understand the material very well and we weren’t even anatomy majors. I wish there was these kinds of interactive multimedia for other subjects as well.• Some of the multimedia technology tools that didn’t work well for us were the multimedia tools used to teach languages. We felt that to learn a language you would need much more than just listening and seeing it, you would need to interact with others to practice the language because ultimately the goal is to be able to communicate what you learn with others. The multimedia technologies that worked best for our learning preferences (visual, and verbal would have to be screencast especially since we both learn material in different ways. This provided us with a more effective way of learning the material. We were able to follow along easily and helped us stay focused on what was being taught in the video. This type of tool also allowed us to fit our needs in terms of letting us choose when we wanted to view the material and how many times we wanted to view it.
Summarize how you will use what you learned in this class after this semester• The multimedia learning strategies that we will continue to use after this class are screencast, and the interactive games such as EDHEADS games. These were the most helpful in terms of learning. We felt that these can apply to just about any subject. Other scenarios that we see being delivered this way are job training, where you learn certain skills kind of like the simulated surgeon interactive game. This would a great tool for hands on experience but without the risks involved of actually implementing it on a real life patient.• The multimedia technologies that we will continue to use for non- learning purposes would be the interactive games that simulate real life scenarios. We found these to be the most informative and fun to use .We think that they should actually use these games for some classes so that students can get hands on experience. Some of the multimedia technologies that I will kind of avoid using would have to presentation slides . These are out of date , especially since screencast are a better way to deliver information.