Interactive Multimedia in University Teaching and Learning: Some Pointers to Help Promote Discussion of Design Criteria
session on package development at the Computers in University Biological Education virtual conference CITI Liverpool, England, United Kingdom,
This paper addresses criteria in the design and development of computer-based courseware. The term "interactive multimedia" describes both the technology and the demands placed on the user. It implies that the user becomes actively engaged with the subject, thereby improving the likelihood that net learning takes place. However, nothing is implied about the educational process(es) involved, or the contextual factors that could enhance educational outcome. A selection of types of Computer-Aided Learning are briefly described: tutorial, drill and practice, integrated performance support systems, simulations, interactive exploration, data bank, attention grabbers, new ways of showing data, interactive hypertext book, expert systems and artificial intelligence, computer adaptive testing, and computer managed learning. The paper looks at quality in interactive multimedia, and the larger question of the definition of quality in university teaching and learning. Refinement of ideas and goals regarding quality in learning will go a long way toward clarifying how educators might best employ the technological tools available to them. The new age economics encourages educators to think of students as the universities' customers--customer satisfaction is thus defined in terms of the extent to which educators can meet learning requirements. As insights into the educational process in an information rich environment grow, educators will be able to fashion their digital course resources into the most appropriate courseware design that fits within the myriad of constraints under which each educator operates. (Contains 14 references.) (SWC)
Trevitt, C. (1995). Interactive Multimedia in University Teaching and Learning: Some Pointers to Help Promote Discussion of Design Criteria. Presented at session on package development at the Computers in University Biological Education virtual conference CITI Liverpool, England, United Kingdom 1995.
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