Multimedia and Student Expectations


  • Stephen J. Snyder
  • Mary Jo Vaughan


This paper focuses on student expectations regarding the use of multimedia in the classroom. It explores the role of previous exposure to multimedia as a form of educational technology in shaping student perceptions of an ideal learning environment and influencing expectations of multimedia usage in subsequent classes. Data was taken from surveys given to 714 college students at a small southeastern university. Findings indicated that those students that had used multimedia techniques themselves included multimedia in their ideals of the optimal classroom even though they thought that they would not be as likely to be exposed to it in the future.