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Changing metaphors for designing interactive multimedia for higher education: From media producer to dialogical collaborator

Taylor, P.C. and Stapleton, A.J. (2000) Changing metaphors for designing interactive multimedia for higher education: From media producer to dialogical collaborator. In: Re-inventing design education in the university: Perth International Conference, 11 - 13 December 2000, Curtin University of Technology. School of Design.

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Abstract

Andrew, a Curtin University doctoral student under Peter’s supervision, has been involved in designing an interactive multimedia program for teaching Special Relativity to undergraduate Physics students. After 18 months of design, the program was trialled at Eastern States University in November 2000. However, the design process was not straightforward or unproblematic.

In this paper, we: (a) review briefly the problematic nature of the initial design process and the subsequent paradigm shift in which the formerly separate strands of research and design became interwoven into a dialectical collaborative process, (b) outline the way in which the multimedia program makes possible a multi-dimensional curriculum including a constructivist epistemology of undergraduate teaching practice, and (c) illustrate why the epistemology of assessment needs to be a focus of future design dialectics.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/37820
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