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Effective Educational Delivery Tools Using Multimedia And Distance Learning

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.217.1 - 4.217.8

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William M. Maalouf

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Fazil Najafi

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Session 3460

Effective Educational Delivery Tools Using Multimedia and Distance Learning Fazil T. Najafi, William M. Maalouf University of Florida


Distance learning, or the delivery of educational programming to remote sites, has recently come in vogue again as a hot topic, although it is far from being a new subject. There are many world remote areas and sites consisting of a single individual, a whole classroom, or a corporate training center. Existing delivery methods are the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW), emails, hardcopy documents, disks, CD’s, teleconferencing and desktop videoconferencing, and mailing of videotaped or audiotaped classes to off-campus students. This paper presents existing educational delivery methods at various institutions using various educational delivery tools effective to people who work full time or having no access to large institutions offering the courses they need to enhance their education.

I. Introduction

A young professional engineer who has been in the work place for two years and has a bachelor degree now finds that he needs a master’s degree for career advancement. He doesn’t want to leave his employment to enroll in a two-year master’s program and his work schedule includes evening and weekend hours, making it difficult to work full time and participate in a traditional degree program. Distance learning allows him to complete a degree program, whether from a local university or an institution anywhere in the world. For earlier generations, typical audiences of distance education were adults often seeking advanced education and training at home, or on the job, or people whose physical circumstances prevented attendance at a traditional institution. Now, anyone of us is potentially a distance learner. The concept is the same as earlier on, but the idea is successfully spreading to reach further than handicapped people. The increase of interest is related to a student population that is increasing in age and has increasing off-campus demands on students’ schedule. The main reasons for this success today are probably the rapid development of the multimedia, with mainly, the Internet, and the need for such a practical, cost-effective, convenient, and “fast” method of education. In order to create a successful remote education solution, universities need to consider the needs of students such as interactivity, instructional feedback, elimination of time constraints, and motivation.

II. Course delivery using multimedia

Multimedia application can enhance students’ learning. Active learning indicates what percentage we remember: 1) 10% of what we read, 2) 20% of what we hear, 3) 30% of what we see, 4) 50% of what we hear and see, 4) 70% of what we say and 5) 90% of what we both say and do 1.

Maalouf, W. M., & Najafi, F. (1999, June), Effective Educational Delivery Tools Using Multimedia And Distance Learning Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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