ERIC Number: ED416312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
An Approach to Automating Development of Interactive Courseware.
Bartoli, Claire S.; Golas, Katharine C.
A research project identified and prototyped critical elements of an automated development system for interactive courseware (ICW) for job training. The prototype system incorporated a multimedia database that contained all completed, planned, and partially completed media elements. A web-based approach was taken to overcome the problems of platform dependence. The system consisted of the following elements: an electronic storyboard that allowed designers to enter data elements as they performed preproduction design and development activities; a media production tool that provided access to and reports from the multimedia database; and a project management tool that provided information to ICW development managers. The system definition involved the following steps: (1) capture the concept of operations; (2) document a concise set of requirements; (3) develop a preliminary database architecture; (4) select appropriate system hardware; (5) design the network architecture; and (6) select commercial off-the-shelf software. Preliminary use of the system identified additional features that would make the system more useful for ICW development such as a distributed media repository to replace the current database structure; a full-text search capability; an encryption capability; and teaming tools. A comparison of the time required to develop one hour of ICW using the automated approach and the traditional approach showed the time was reduced by approximately 30 percent when the automated system was used. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (19th, Orlando, FL, December 1-4, 1997).