Student perceptions of the use of multimedia for online course communication
Abstract: Research exists in the use of multimedia communications in online classrooms as a means of furthering student engagement. However little research examines the perceptions of students when such technologies are used, or if students are likely to use such technologies when available. This research explores the perceptions of 69 students taking online and hybrid undergraduate courses. The study explores how students experienced the use of multimedia by their instructor in both online announcements and discussions and whether these same students used the technology when available. Finally, student perceptions of social presence, the degree to which one is perceived as a real person (Gunawardena, 1995), are examined. Results indicate that while students overwhelming enjoy the instructor’s use of multimedia communication, they are unlikely to use these technologies themselves. A discussion of these results and recommendations for further research complete this paper.