The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning

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Richard E. Mayer
Cambridge University Press, Aug 15, 2005 - Education - 663 pages
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In the last decade, the field of multimedia learning emerged as a coherent discipline with an accumulated research base that had never been synthesized and organized in a handbook. The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning, first published in 2005, constituted the world's first handbook devoted to comprehensive coverage of research and theory in the field of multimedia learning. Multimedia learning is defined as learning from words (e.g., spoken or printed text) and pictures (e.g. illustrations, photos, maps, graphs, animation, or video). The focus of this handbook is on how people learn from words and pictures in computer-based environments. Multimedia environments include online instructional presentations, interactive lessons, e-courses, simulation games, virtual reality, and computer-supported in-class presentations. The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning seeks to establish what works (that is, to ground research in cognitive theory), and to consider when and where it works (that is, to explore the implications of research for practice).

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A little old, the google preview visual is not encouraging, but the details in the book, is extraordinary. There are so many things about multimedia learning that you have heard in passing, but does not really know where to find the exact information, it would be found here. The book is really really helpful. 

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multimedia do not increase learning

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Richard E. Mayer is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he has served since 1975. He is the author of 18 books and more than 250 articles and chapters, including Multimedia Learning (2001), E-Learning and the Science of Instruction (2003) with Ruth Clark, and Learning and Instruction (2003).

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