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Managing Complexity in a Networked Learning Environment

, , , , UC-Santa Barbara, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-48-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


As more universities and research institutions develop digital classrooms, a common theme is arising: the need to manage complexity. As more technology is added in order to facilitate the presentation, transmission and recording of digital media, the complexity of the environment increases dramatically. By planning the design and implementation of a digital classroom with a strong focus on managing complexity, it should be possible to deploy a highly functional classroom environment which employs advanced technology while at the same time managing the inherent complexity in such a way as to reduce the barriers to use that would otherwise exist. In this paper, we will examine how complexity arises within four specific areas: Audio Engineering, Video Production, Encoding/Decoding, and Administration. We then present a list of solutions and conclude with an overview of what we have learned in the deployment of our own digital classroom, the Collaborative Technology Laboratory.


Humfrey, J., Rollins, S., Almeroth, K. & Bimber, B. (2003). Managing Complexity in a Networked Learning Environment. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2003--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 60-63). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 23, 2019 from .



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