Effective multimedia design from the adolescent user's perspective

Philip Amankwa-Danquah, Fordham University


Preadolescents and adolescents' perspective on multimedia design was studied in the context of multimedia design principles. One hundred and twenty-two elementary school students (63 females and 59 males), were asked to redesign a deconstructed web page and complete a recorded interview about their redesigned pages. Participants were individually tested and allowed to complete task with no time limits. The redesigned web pages and interview responses were evaluated to determine the consistency of the preadolescents' and early adolescents' models of multimedia design with multimedia learning principles of modality, redundancy, contiguity and coherence. Results of the study showed that, overall, preadolescents' and early adolescents' perception of multimedia design did not adhere to multimedia learning principles but reflected interest in other factors such as aesthetics and whatever constitutes for them as interesting features of the interface. The need for further studies to explore whether considering these factors in the design of multimedia learning interface could enhance their learning are discussed.

Subject Area

Educational psychology|Developmental psychology|Cognitive psychology

Recommended Citation

Amankwa-Danquah, Philip, "Effective multimedia design from the adolescent user's perspective" (2013). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3600903.