Sometimes one projector is not enough. When a speaker combines different
devices or methods of presentation, it becomes a multimedia event.
Multimedia describes presentations that use several different devices or
presentation methods to convey information. Another name for multimedia is
media integration. This type of presentation combines information presented
in a lecture with slide, films, video, transparencies, or other lecture aids. It
may be reactive for which the audience sits and listens, or it may be
interactive, whereby the audience is participating as well as listening. The
point is to use as many of the human senses as possible to increase audience
understanding of the material presented.
Computers can coordinate the functions of slide projectors, video projectors,
and overhead projectors. They cue each device in sequence and provide
special effects that create dynamic and professional presentations.
Computers can also present information as a projection device by projecting
an image onto an overhead screen or for direct viewing from the computer
monitor. Software or programs are available that allow you to create a
graphics presentation with sound and project or display that presentation in a
classroom or briefing environment. Through international electronic
hookups, briefings can link commands all over the world for direct and live
Future developments to exploit the training and briefing capabilities of
computers include computer based instruction (CBI). Command ESOs will
receive Navy training material on disks for rapid distribution to the fleet.
You will be able to complete training courses at your computer station in the
work space. This interactive learning process will have the twofold benefit
of improving your computer skills as well as providing immediate feedback
on how well you assimilate the lessons taught in the training program.