Applying Virtual Rehearsal Principle in Developing a Persuasive Multimedia Learning Environment (PMLE)

  • Wan Ahmad Jaafar
  • Sobihatun Nur
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5857)


This paper is outlining the potential use of virtual environment in persuading through computer simulation. The main focus of the paper is to apply an attempt of how virtual rehearsal principle can be designed into educational material using CD ROM based multimedia application to persuade as well as to reduce children dental anxiety particularly in Malaysian children context. This paper divided in three stages. Firstly, we provide a conceptual background of virtual rehearsal principle and how the principle has been applied in designing the information interfaces and presentation of a persuasive multimedia learning environment (PMLE). Secondly, the research design was administered to measure the effects of the PMLE in reducing children dental anxiety. Primary school children age between seven and nine years old are selected as respondents. Thirdly, the result of the study has revealed the feedback from children regarding baseline test and children dental anxiety test. The results on presenting this PMLE to primary school children show how it was able to reduce children dental anxiety and could let the children have a “mentally-prepared” condition for dental visit in the future.


virtual rehearsal principle persuasive multimedia learning environment (PMLE) persuade children dental anxiety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wan Ahmad Jaafar
    • 1
  • Sobihatun Nur
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Instructional Technology and MultimediaUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia

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