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making a presentation more interesting and has the inevitable effect of grabbing
and holding a person's attention.
Foreign Language Learning
Using a book for learning a foreign language is difficult because one is not sure
how to pronounce the words written in text form. The book can have an
accompanying audio tape to solve this problem, but it is inconvenient for the
learner to keep rewinding the tape to find specific information. Moreover, the
learner also does not have the flexibility to quickly hear the pronunciation for a
specific word. Using a multimedia program incorporating both text and sound, the
learner can see words and phrases on the screen as they are pronounced by the
computer program. The learner also has the flexibility to request the computer to
pronounce any word displayed on the screen by simply selecting that word (say by
clicking over it). Additional features may be incorporated in the multimedia
program to assist in faster learning process. For example, if the learner does not
understand the meaning of a word or phrase, he/she may point to it to quickly
display a translation for it in his/her native language.
Natural Learning Environment
Multimedia course materials provide a natural learning environment because they
allow different students to learn and proceed at their own pace of learning. For
example, beginners may like to spend more time on a subject matter to understand
the basic concepts, while advanced learners may like to skip rudimentary
information and directly go to more advanced concepts. Hypertext and
hypermedia technologies may be used in multimedia course materials to provide
this flexibility to the students. With this facility, since the students are not forced
to read through the subject matter in a rigid format, they find the learning
environment more interesting and motivating to learn faster.
Networked multimedia can be used to simulate a virtual classroom in which
students can come for learning at their own convenient t...
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- Spring '14