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Multi-Media As a Cognitive Tool

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Abstract: Two of the modalities used to present information to students, namely, animation and verbal representation are in a constant competition in effectiveness, without any persistent winner, except when it comes to conceptual versus procedural knowledge. Here, we present an architecture that combines the two into a multi-media tutoring system. This system is tested and results indicate that combining the two media leads to a cognitive interaction that promotes student learning with no less than 40 from their post classical-classroom session levels. A test for individual differences indicates that this group is almost equally divided between those described as “spatially oriented” and those described as “verbally oriented”. Learning across the two types of learners does not show any significant differences, except with respect to one question. This implies that perhaps, the two media may have ambiguous internal factors that support each other. Additionally, individual learning styles does not seem to be a clear-cut division, and is instead a “preference” of one modality as a primary source of learning, not an only one.

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