ERIC Number: ED392395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Development of a Multi-Year Plan for the Integration of Multimedia Technology into the Learning Environment at Northern Maine Technical College.
Overlock, Terrence H., Sr.
This dissertation details a plan for integrating multimedia technology into the learning environment at Northern Maine Technical College (NMTC), considering available hardware and software, the implications for campus-based and distance education, and needs for instructional, organizational, and human resource development. A literature review uncovered a wide range of available hardware and software, success stories of multimedia integration at other institutions, and the need for major changes in NMTC's current educational system. Data collection involved both internal and external environmental assessment, and the study included seeking expert feedback at many points in the process and incorporating it into the final plan. Research suggested that multimedia technologies applied to the teacher-centered model of education will achieve only marginal gains in effectiveness and efficiency; the focus of the new educational paradigm is on learning, not teaching. Among other things, a plan for multimedia integration must: allow for regular human resource development programs and secure necessary funds; focus on the knowledge-database, communications, and learning management capabilities of the institution as well as the development of alternative methods of teaching, student assessment, and scheduling of services; explore distance delivery methods; promote regular use of electronic communications; institute a faculty resource center for training; and counter technological obsolescence with a plan for regular equipment amortization and replacement. Appendices provide institution-specific information such as mission statements, vision statements, maps, and lists of consortium members. They also include an equipment and software use inventory, a questionnaire, planning lists, and copies of correspondence. (Contains 8 tables, 4 figures, and 169 references.) (BEW)
Descriptors: Computer Software Selection, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Human Resources, Instructional Materials, Integrated Activities, Labor Force Development, Long Range Planning, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Needs Assessment, Program Implementation, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Technology Planning
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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