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An Empirical Study Of Student Interaction With Cd Based Multimedia Courseware

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Technology for Learning

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7.171.1 - 7.171.13



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Wendy Cooper

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Wayne Burleson

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Ken Watts

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Santhosh Thampuran

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An Empirical Study of Student Interaction with CD-based Multimedia Courseware

W. Burleson, W. Cooper, J. Kurose, S. Thampuran, K. Watts

Department of Computer Science / Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Massachusetts Amherst


The CD-MANIC project is developing a multimedia courseware system that combines the use of CDs for bandwidth-intensive content with periodic Internet connections for updates, logging, assessment and access to Internet resources. Class materials distributed by CD include a semester's worth of lectures (recorded during an earlier offering of the class) in the form of high quality audio/video synchronized with the display of class notes, overheads, and other in-class material. The CD-MANIC interface provides interactive controls for navigating course material, a multiple-view index over this material, a search facility, and (in some cases) access to an electronic copy of the complete course textbook.

CD-MANIC also includes a logging facility that tracks students’ interactions locally and then uploads logged student activity to a central site for analysis. In this paper we present logged student activity for approximately 50 students who used CD-MANIC for a full semester in a variety of settings, including off-campus students who used CD-MANIC as their sole means of obtaining classroom lecture material, and on-campus students who used CD-MANIC as an adjunct to another instructor's teaching of the course. We provide a brief overview of CD- MANIC and the logging facility and then report on gathered data. We discuss our findings on the extent to which students viewed material in long-term, continuous play modes versus short- term, highly-interactive modes; the manner in which students navigate through course materials; and student use of the various components (audio/video, slides, index, and electronic book) available.

We describe how results are being used to evaluate the existing version of CD-MANIC and develop future versions which more closely meet different student's needs.

1. Introduction

As computing, media-processing, and storage devices drop in price and become increasingly widespread, there has been increasing interest in their use in developing asynchronous, distance- based education software and content.. While there are numerous commercial and public domain systems being used for such purposes, there is little reported data on how students actually use such systems. Moreover, with the continuous, rapid change in technology comes a continuous,

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Cooper, W., & Burleson, W., & Watts, K., & Thampuran, S. (2002, June), An Empirical Study Of Student Interaction With Cd Based Multimedia Courseware Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10841

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