How multimedia functions in engineering education

S. Cairncross, Mike Mannion

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This article examines how interactive multimedia can be used to support and enhance the teaching and learning process in engineering education. It starts by looking at the key features of multimedia (multiple media, delivery control, and interactivity) and describes their benefits and limitations from an educational viewpoint. Criteria for selecting topics to be delivered by interactive multimedia are then discussed with an emphasis on using multimedia to add value. Finally, advice is offered about the integration of interactive multimedia into a curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-106
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Engineering Science and Education Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999


  • engineering education
  • interactive multimedia
  • process enhancement
  • curriculum


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