Effectiveness of Audio on Screen Captures in Software Application Instruction
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Veronikas, S. & Maushak, N. (2005). Effectiveness of Audio on Screen Captures in Software Application Instruction. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 14(2), 199-205. Norfolk, VA: AACE.
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Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia
Volume 14, Issue 2, April 2005
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Norfolk, VA
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Presentation of software instruction has been supported by manuals and textbooks consisting of screen captures but a multimedia approach may increase learning outcomes. This paper investigates the effects of modality (text, audio, or dual) on the achievement and attitudes of college students learning a software application through the computer. Participants in this pilot study were presented with three variations of instruction over a software application. Differences between text only, audio only, and dual modality conditions were measured by achievement on a post-test, and attitudes toward instruction collected by survey. Results from the research indicated no significant effects were found in the ANOVA for the modalities in test scores. However, statistical significance was found in two of the attitude items. First, dual modality was preferred in learning computer applications. Second, audio did not appear to assist the learner in remembering factual information. The results will assist instructors and corporate trainers in presenting software applications effectively and efficiently in their respective occupations.
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