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July 1994

The Multimedia TextbookA Revolutionary Tool for Pediatric Education

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(7):711-715. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170070049008

Textbooks are now available via computers. These new electronic or multimedia textbooks appear similar to conventional books but differ in function. In addition to text and images, they contain video and audio clips and allow readers to interact with the content. Multimedia textbooks contain digital media, can be quickly and inexpensively updated and repurposed for lectures and handouts, and are available on-line via computer networks for distance learning. We present the concept of computer-generated multimedia textbooks; describe their creation by an easy-to-use, sophisticated authoring system; and describe the underlying instructional design approach to guide future authors of multimedia textbooks.

(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148:711-715)