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The Effects of Non-Speech Audio in the Interactive Online Learning Environment
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Since the invention of the first recording device in the 1800s, the film and music industries began designing and implementing non-speech audio in their production process. In the field of education, sound was intensively used to facilitate learning since the expansion of computer technology in the 1970s. While the majority of research done and continues to focus on the use of speech audio, little attention has been paid to non-speech sounds. Therefore, this study endeavors to discover what non-speech audio can impact on learning process through effective design, developing, and implementing in an online learning environment. A systematic literature review, presented in chapter 2, offers a thorough understanding of the circumstances in which non-speech audio is being used in the field of education. In addition, a model of the design of non-speech audio to support learning is also suggested based on experiential learning theory, learner-environment interactivity, and stimulus-response theory. After establishing the methodology of this study, the research questions and hypotheses are answered through the analysis of data collected during the experiment. Special emphasis is placed on learner motivation, online learning experience, and time spent in a custom-developed learning program. The findings of this study reveal that the systematic application of non-speech audio will enhance the learning experience and stimulate learner motivation in online learning environments. Although unavoidable limitations are involved, the findings of this study provide empirical evidence that may apply to the future design and development of non-speech audio in interactive online learning environments.
Li, Yun (2018). The Effects of Non-Speech Audio in the Interactive Online Learning Environment. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from