On the Cost of Production and the Value of Learning Outcomes in the Development of E-Learning Tutorials
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AbstractThe question in the development of e-learning tutorials becomes a strategic one when educators are called to reach a level of optimization between producing a package that can accommodate the students' learning requirements and also their production efforts. This paper provides evidence on the level of media richness that may be cost effective in the development of e-learning tutorials for teaching and learning computer techniques for design visualization. The author assumes that due to considerations regarding the cognitive theory of multimedia learning and learning style of students, audio-visually rich e-learning tutorials for teaching computer techniques to design students will tend to have a positive impact on their learning outcomes. The paper describes the results of an experiment that supports this assumption by comparing the use of two different multimedia combinations for delivering the same instructional content in terms of learning outcomes and the effort or cost invested in their development.