Multimedia Learning: Students’ Perceptions in a Multimedia Integrated Cooperative-learning Environment

By Tse-Kian Neo, Mai Neo and Wai-Jing Kwok.

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With the advent of multimedia as well as the Internet, new instructional strategies of transferring knowledge have come into being. Using multimedia technologies through the web provides a viable alternative to the monotony of passive learning found in traditional classroom. In light of this, the Malaysian Government is encouraging teachers to integrate technology into the classrooms to effectively engage their students through self-directed, student-centred learning environments. Research has shown that using group and project-based activities are ways to effectively provide students with a more active approach to learning. Currently, with increased emphasis on social constructivism, cooperative learning is partly a reaction to societal changes with new emphasis on team work and communication skills. In this paper, a multimedia integrated cooperative-learning environment (MICE), using the elements suggested by Johnson and Johnson, was created in a Malaysian classroom to provide the learners with an activity-rich learning experience and the opportunities to interact and learn from each other. The purpose of this study is to gauge the students’ perception in student-centred environment. The results showed that the learners were able to help each other and successfully work together using technology to accomplish their tasks. They were motivated and also took more responsibility for their own learning process. The experience enhanced their teamwork skills which are currently vital in today’s technological and fast-paced world.

Keywords: Multimedia, Cooperative-learning, Student-centred Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.357-374. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 930.425KB).

Dr. Tse-Kian Neo

Associate Professor, Leader of the Student-centred Multimedia Instructional Learning Environment (SMILE) Research Group, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Tse Kian NEO is currently a Associate Professor of the Faculty of Creative Multimedia at the Multimedia University and is also the Leader of the Student-centred Multimedia Instructional Learning Environment (SMILE) Research Group in the Faculty. His research areas include Social Learning, Interactive Learning, Constructivist Learning Environments, Cooperative learning and Problem-based Learning environments. He is also a reviewer for several international journals including AJET, Educational Technology and Society and others. He is a member for the Australasian Society for Computers In Learning In Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).

Dr. Mai Neo

Associate Professor, Dean of Institute of Postgraduate Studies, MMU, SMILE Special Interest Group Member, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Mai Neo is a Associate Professor with the Faculty of Creative Multimedia and the Dean of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), Multimedia University, Malaysia, teaching undergraduate multimedia and graduate Knowledge Management and e-Learning courses. A member of the SMILE Special Interest Group, Mai’s research includes using multimedia authoring technologies in teaching and learning, and the design of constructivist-based learning environments. Mai’s research has allowed her to publish widely and extensively in many international journals and presented in many international conferences. She is a reviewer for several international educational technology journals and a member for the Australasian Society for Computers In Learning In Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).

Wai-Jing Kwok

Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Joyce Kwok is a PhD Candidate and a Research Scholar in the Faculty of Creative Multimedia. Her area of research is in cooperative learning. She is currently completing her PhD.

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