Creating Media Rich Environments to Enhance Asynchronous Online Learning
Abstract: Multimedia learning theory supports creating media rich environments for teaching asynchronous online classes. This is especially important in the current environment where most K-12 and college students have grown up using technology continuously in their daily lives. Individuals who design, develop and teach online courses should be provided with a vision of how multimedia can be used to enhance learning in their courses. Additionally, they can be trained to incorporate user friendly tools such as YouTube, Camtasia, and graphics programs to organize and develop materials that their learners are accustomed to using. By creating media rich online courses using appropriate tools and media that are tied to learning outcomes, students are not only likely to be motivated to learn, but the learning process can be more effective, efficient and appealing.