Advantages and disadvantages of Multimedia:

 

IBM (Hall & Baumgartner, 1991, p. 260) suggested many advantages (according to their view) of multimedia:

 

         Increases learning effectiveness.

         Is more appealing over traditional, lecture-based learning methods.

         Offers significant potential in improving personal communications, education and training efforts.

         Reduces training costs.

         Is easy to use.

         Tailors information to the individual.

         Provides high-quality video images & audio.

         Offers system portability.

         Frees the teacher from routine tasks.

         Gathers information about the study results of the student.

 

      Disadvantages of multimedia:

 

         Expensive

         Not always easy to configure

         Requires special hardware

         Not always compatible

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Advantages of Multimedia

The use of multimedia offers many advantages:

1. Enhancement of Text Only Messages: Multimedia enhances text only presentations by adding interesting sounds and compelling visuals.

2. Improves over Traditional Audio-Video Presentations: Audiences are more attentive to multimedia messages than traditional presentations done with slides or overhead transparencies.

3. Gains and Holds Attention: People are more interested in multimedia messages which combine the elements of text, audio, graphics and video. Communication research has shown that the combination of communication modes (aural and visual) offers greater understanding and retention of information.

4. Good for "computer-phobics": Those who are intimidated by computer keyboards and complex instructions are more comfortable with pressing buttons with a mouse or on a screen.

5. Multimedia is Entertaining as Well as Educational: