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ERIC Number: ED388217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 9
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Issues and Obstacles with Multimedia Authoring.
Makedon, Fillia; And Others
This paper discusses some of the common threads shared by three dissimilar cases of multimedia authoring: multimedia conference proceedings, multimedia courseware development, and multimedia information kiosks. The benefits and pitfalls of academic development are reviewed and points of wisdom are shared. The paper draws on the experiences from some of the projects run at the Dartmouth Experimental Visualization Laboratory (DEVlab), which develops different types of multimedia applications. The task involved in a multimedia production effort are: requirement definition; software tool search; content research, media orchestration, and design integration phase; programming, integration, evaluation, and stepwise refinement; and product distribution and update maintenance of the software. Case 1, interactive conference proceedings, describes publishing the proceedings from a parallel computation workshop, and discusses the roles of editors, authors, and publishers in multimedia publishing. Case 2, authoring multimedia courseware, explores creating multimedia modules for teaching parallel computing to novices. Case 3, kiosks, involves the development of interactive multimedia brochures about computer science courses offered at Dartmouth. Common difficulties across the three domains are: lack of standardized cross-platform tools; lack of sophisticated text manipulation capabilities in most multimedia software systems; lack of standard evaluation criteria for learning effectiveness; and funding constraints impacting development process and success. Lessons learned include: avoid problems by having a better idea of what the end product should look like and what form the sources should take; understand limitations on time and programmer resources; and keep tight control on the project and meet with the project team regularly. (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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