The effectiveness of multimedia for teaching drug mechanisms of action to undergraduate health students

Hartman, Hannah, and Johnson, Peter (2018) The effectiveness of multimedia for teaching drug mechanisms of action to undergraduate health students. Computers & Education, 125. pp. 202-211.

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Abstract

Educators are increasingly turning to multimedia presentations as a means to convey complex information. Pharmacological mechanisms of action are dynamic processes that may be effectively represented as animations. Drug mechanisms of action were described in four different presentation formats: text only; text and static images; animation and text; or animation with narration. A comparison of these presentation modes found no significant difference on performance on a best answer multiple choice quiz. In addition, there was no significant effect of individual learning style. When learning about material related to their discipline of study, students may possess the ability to construct mental models that obviate the need for multimedia. Resources currently invested in the development of multimedia materials may be better diverted elsewhere. Furthermore, the results from this study do not support the routine assessment of individual learning styles in education.

Item ID: 54184
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-782X
Keywords: applications in subject areas; multimedia/hypermedia systems; post-secondary education; teaching/learning strategies
Funders: James Cook University
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 00:58
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 100%
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