The perceptions of Taiwanese undergraduate students of *interactive multimedia -based instruction
This study identified the perceptions of undergraduate student acceptance, satisfaction and attitudes toward using multimedia-based instruction in central Taiwan. In completing this research, the researcher developed a questionnaire called "The Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Multimedia-Based Instruction." The questionnaire was based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) developed by Fred D. Davis in 1986. The research surveyed 478 participants.
The major findings indicated the following: learning styles of students and acceptance of multimedia-based instruction were the most important variables among the eight variables surveyed; ease of learning, consistency, perception, support, acceptance, learning styles, attitudes, and satisfaction. Additionally, respondents indicated that the differences of the type of institution from which they came (institutional characteristics) did not affect acceptance or satisfaction significantly. Another important finding was that respondents' major significantly affected their response to ease of learning but not attitudes. Also respondents indicated that institutional characteristics and first time to take a multimedia-based course significantly and positively affected acceptance of multimedia-based instruction. The last important finding was that the type of institution from which a student came and major were significant in relation to learning styles and acceptance of multimedia-based instruction.
It is recommended that additional research be conducted at a national level with the participants of faculty members as well as graduate students where the results would be generalized to each country (or state or province) and would have more precise information to make interpretations. It is also recommended that other variables such as participants' participation in online discussion, the efficiency and influences of the instructional system be studied further. Additionally, the relationships between variables and other issues of multimedia-based instruction such as participants' motivation and performance can be a further study. Finally, qualitative research methods used to collect data of participants' experiences with different learning styles could provide more insight and useful information.
Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) has become one of the important standards of courseware format and platform development in distance learning. Instructional designers and faculties may adapt SCORM and make multimedia-based instruction as importance as traditional campus-based learning.
0984: Computer science