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The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning


reviewed by David Marcovitz — June 19, 2006

coverTitle: The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning
Author(s): Richard E. Mayer (Ed.)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0521547512, Pages: 663, Year: 2005
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The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning is a compendium of what we know and what we don't know about multimedia learning from a cognitive perspective. In its simplest form, multimedia consists of words (either spoken or written) and pictures. In many ways, computers are simply the latest delivery mechanism for multimedia. However, computer technology allows for a level of complexity and control that, when used properly, can greatly improve learning. Each of the book's 35 chapters follows the model of describing the specific principle(s) being discussed, describing the research base for the principle(s), tying the chapter to cognitive theory, outlining suggestions for instructional design, and describing the limitations of current research and avenues for future research. While this format might suggest that anyone interested in multimedia learning should read this book, I would suggest that novices and instructional designers might be better served by a more focused book. This book is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 19, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12545, Date Accessed: 9/15/2014 8:50:06 PM

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  • David Marcovitz
    Loyola College
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    DAVID MARCOVITZ is Associate Professor in the Education Department and Director of Graduate Programs in Educational Technology at Loyola College in Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he studied support for technology in elementary schools. He has taught computer applications and computer programming at the high school level, and he has worked as a technology specialist in a high school. Prior to coming to Loyola College, he taught in the educational technology program at Florida Atlantic University. He was hired by Loyola College in 1997 to develop a Masters program in Educational Technology, the program which he directs and for which he teaches many of the classes, including Multimedia Design in the Classroom. He is the author of several articles about educational technology as well as the book Powerful PowerPoint for Educators, and a recent book chapter, "Changing Schools With Technology: What Every School Should Know About Innovation."
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