The Beauty of Technology: How Classrooms are Harnessing the Power of Emerging Media

By Imad Al Saeed, DCS, College of Information Systems and Technology

CTU Information Technology Degree - Adaptive LearningThe emerging media revolution is making a positive impact on our society by introducing new teaching tools for teachers and new learning options for students. Because the traditional way of teaching through books and static figures appears to be inadequate in conveying the complicated ideas of scientific concepts, universities should prepare themselves to move quickly in response to the technology changes and offer new, hands-on tools to enhance the teaching process and improve students’ comprehension. Animated courseware, for example, is one of these new technologies that could be easily integrated with any primary teaching/learning tools in order to assist the teaching and learning processes by simplifying complex topics, minimizing the learning time, mitigate the risk and improving cost efficiency. 

Many studies indicate the use of animation in college education enhances teaching effectiveness and student learning because animated tools clarify the concepts of such subjects as database management more effectively than traditional, static media like textbooks. Animation has been included in many types of instructional content domains, including language learning, mathematics, statistics, and programming languages. A large majority of the research, however, addresses animation in learning and science content materials. Expository text that presents science concepts has been a particular target for those examining the effects of animation on learning and shows how the animation improves student’s learning in various difficult concepts like database management, networking and operating systems management.

The idea of the visual-learning approach is not new, but the recent advances in animation technology have revitalized it in such academic fields as science, engineering and mathematics. Animation goes a step further than visualization in that it can clearly demonstrate the development and dynamics of a process, while the latter can only supply students with time-lapsed, static images of a process. Many research studies have been conducted in different educational environments on how various visualized and animated teaching tools improve student comprehension. With the understanding that some courses can be pretty complex, this detailed breakdown of each assignment will make what seems to be a large project much more manageable. The written steps and animated design processes, as well as video lessons, will help students who favor various learning styles accomplish the foundational requirements of their assignments as well as learn about some advanced techniques to take their work further.

Imad Al Saeed, DCS, graduated from Colorado Technical University with a Doctor of Computer Science in Emerging Media. He also holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Engineering. Dr. Al Saeed currently serves as program director of Information Technology at CTU.

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