Interactive Overlays In Multimedia For Science Learning: Attention And Comprehension
This research will explore the relative effects of adjuncts and textual labels as interactive overlays in multimedia for science learning. To what extent do virtual adjuncts and configurations enhance visual cognition,
resource availability, and meaning comprehension? To what extent do students utilize these features while consuming multimedia for science learning, and how do their effects unfold dynamically over time? The answers to these questions have the potential
to broadly impact both the understanding and design of educational technology across a wide range of learning domains (e.g. biology, ecology, physics) and, to a lesser extent, individual differences (e.g., age, expertise, socioeconomic status) among
users of such technology. This project will help to realize the potential of the taxonomy for improving scientific visualization, providing experimental evidence of how cognitive image functions impact the interpretational processes that lead to learning.
Kevin Wise, Professor of Advertising is the PI of this team. The Co-PI is Matthew Peterson, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State University. Xiaoyu Xu is a PhD student (Institute of Communications
Research) who will oversee study implementation, data collection, and analysis. Another graduate student will join the team to produce illustrations in a format that enables development of the interactive multimedia stimuli.