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ERIC Number: ED408989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 10
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Hypermedia as a Distinct Medium: Challenges for Designers.
Clark, Barbara I.; Knupfer, Nancy Nelson
As multimedia development software becomes easier to use and more powerful, instructional designers can establish ways of incorporating the Internet into their lessons. This paper introduces some questions that should be considered prior to stepping into that next level of instructional design. Specifically the paper addresses some of the challenges and dilemmas faced by two instructional designers as they incorporated visual imagery and audio components into the design of two distinct interactive multimedia products. Each product was designed as a professional development seminar, or series of seminars, for preservice teachers and for practicing social workers. The two multimedia products contain visual text, still images, still and animated graphics, sound, and full-motion video vignettes contained on a laser videodisc or CD-ROM. Both design teams followed some common theoretical elements of interactive system design, yet both broke new ground in developing a product best suited to their given audience and instructional needs. Success of any product's effectiveness is affected by the learners' acceptance or attitude toward the product, the product's match with learners' technical and content needs and the product's ability to be used within a given environment. Suggestions for developing a framework to guide future instructional designs are provided according to the following: (1) how to structure the visual elements; (2) proper uses of visual metaphors; (3) formidable questions inherent in the presentation of the images; (4) when design should supersede content; (5) the importance of the designer's familiarity with new models of instruction and learning theory; (6) theoretical elements appropriate for the graphical user interface; (7) assuring that the images, language, and content accurately represent the cultural and gender variables; (8) how to evaluate visual elements; and (9) how formative and summative evaluation should occur. (AEF)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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