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Producing interactive multimedia computer-based learning projects

Phillips, R. (1994) Producing interactive multimedia computer-based learning projects. ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics, 28 (1). pp. 20-24.

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The Computing Centre at Curtin University has been involved in the use of computers in education since about 1980. This interest began with the establishment of a software library of educational programs, and was followed in 1986 by the development of the Software and Courseware Online Reviews (SCOR) database (Winship, 1986) of educational software which is now available on the internet through WAIS and Gopher.

The Computing Centre was thus well placed when interactive multimedia (IMM) became an affordable and innovative technology for use in computer-based learning (CBL). Curtin had a solid knowledge base, and with the adoption of a five-year information technology (IT) strategic plan, extra resources were available to employ academic and support staff with an interest in interactive multimedia. By the beginning of 1992, we obtained a substantial grant to commence development. The Computing Centre has been involved with 12 interactive multimedia computer-based learning projects over the last two years (Phillips, 1993).

The focus of our work with interactive multimedia has been to use existing tools and techniques to create innovative and educationally sound computer-based learning programs. We have little interest in developing multimedia tools at the programming level or in hardware per se. We prefer to use existing multimedia and authoring tools in new and unusual ways to create educational applications.

It is important to recognize that we are not a commercial setup. We aim at innovation not production. Our titles are usually small and targetted at specific groups of students.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Association for Computer Machinery
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