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ERIC Number: ED428727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 7
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An Alternative Model of Multimedia Development: Small Projects within an Academic Environment.
Stoney, Sue; McMahon, Mark
This paper reports on a project at Edith Cowan University (Australia) in which a multidisciplinary team designed and created a self-paced learning environment for students to learn about share valuation and investment, with a focus on the inclusion of features that would motivate students to use and engage with the program. The resultant program, "Principles of Financial Investment," was a microworld giving the students realistic insights into the world of share valuation and investment, and was included as a module within the university's introductory finance unit. The following components of the development model are described: (1) information design, including defining the audience, and planning and organizing content; (2) interface design, including determining how the content and interactions would blend, and deciding what metaphor to use (in this case, a stock exchange building, securities institute, broker's office, and participant's office); (3) navigation, including implementation of a nonlinear organizing structure; and (4) interaction design. Problems and advantages of the design approach are discussed. It is concluded that the proposed method worked well. Two figures illustrate the model of the development process, and the four primary navigational structures (linear, hierarchical, nonlinear, and composite) for multimedia. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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