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ERIC Number: ED410926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
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Using Authorware and Shockwave To Create Interactive HTML Pages.
Hurn, Janet E.
In this paper, an instructor at Miami University Middletown (Ohio) describes how Authorware (by Macromedia) proved to be a valuable tool in developing interactive computer tutorials for physics instruction. Obstacles to improved instruction that had presented themselves were as follows: (1) some of the students' learning styles were not being addressed with current delivery strategies; (2) commuting students with work/family obligations have restricted hours that they can study or do homework; and (3) commercial computer software or video materials are usually costly and not tailored to meet students' needs. Authorware is an icon-based, nonlinear interactive presentation development package that allows for branching, and thus more student control. It automatically sets a program to track several variables, which is very helpful for tracking scores. Authorware allows the user to animate objects, embed sounds and video, and receive user input in multiple ways. The new version of Authorware has online help and complete manuals. Authorware is a prohibitive cost for most budgets compared to the Authorware Academic with few differences, although Academic lacks Open Data Base Connectivity. Afterburner is a small freeware program by Macromedia available from their homepage that breaks up a packaged Authorware piece into chunks that are suitable to send over an Intranet or Internet without considerable time lag. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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