What have you learned thus far about designing instruction? What is different? What is the same as other forms of instruction?
The use of many multimedia forms allows the instructional designer to integrate those elements that will support an effective course. The designer and instructor must maintain a balance in their use of the different media types. The grey area between will determine the success or failure of the instruction. Too much or too little multimedia mix may cause confusion, disinterest, and frustration for the student.
The big difference in using all of the multimedia form types is that it gives the course designer the freedom to use whatever content that is needed to meet the goals and objectives of instruction. The elements that are the same in each of the multimedia elements is the underlying design. The underlying design of the other media forms must be presenting the same message and instruction content.