Real value of a multimedia educational environment

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When introduced into classrooms, motion pictures, radio, TV, and lately multimedia, promised to revolutionize education. However, after more than 75 years of experiments, the basic question remains unanswered: what is the educational value of the new media? We argue that the real benefit of using educational tools, such as multimedia, is generated by the reorganization of the class rather than by the tool itself. This paper presents a way of defining and measuring the educational value of educational tools and methods. It discusses the way multimedia were used in courses at Arizona State University (AS), the Del E. Webb School of Construction, the way benefits were measured, and the changes that were made to maximize the quality of education. It also reports on current efforts to further monitor and refine the quality of college level construction education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCongress on Computing in Civil Engineering, Proceedings
Place of PublicationReston, VA, United States
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 International Computing Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Oct 18 1998Oct 21 1998


OtherProceedings of the 1998 International Computing Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering
CityBoston, MA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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