ERIC Number: ED362165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Multimedia: A Gateway to Higher-Order Thinking Skills.
Fontana, Lynn A.; And Others
In June 1990, the research group at George Mason University (Virginia) Center for Interactive Educational Technology began designing a multimedia prototype to foster higher-order thinking skills in social studies. As an initial step, the Civil War Interactive Project using the Ken Burns documentary, "The Civil War," was used in a design demonstration. This computer-based instructional system will teach a systematic process for developing higher-order skills while learning how to engage in historical inquiry. Work on the generic instructional shell has identified the following elements to be addressed in the design of effective instructional multimedia products: (1) explicit instruction; (2) modeling; (3) tutoring/coaching; (4) student control through "custom tours" of the data and the production console; (5) cooperative learning; (6) equity of access to information; (7) quality of the database; and (8) professional development. Application of the multimedia shell in the Civil War Interactive Project is illustrated through the experiences of three students. The prototype products that the project will produce will help demonstrate how to harness the instructional power of emerging multimedia technologies. (Contains 54 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Civil War (United States), Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Databases, Higher Education, Historiography, Instructional Design, Interactive Video, Material Development, Modeling (Psychology), Multimedia Instruction, Professional Development, Social Studies, Thinking Skills, Tutoring
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Computer Programs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: George Mason University VA; Historical Research; Multimedia Materials; Prototypes
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (15th, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 13-17, 1993); see IR 016 300.