ERIC Number: ED429527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Easy Ed: An Integration of Technologies for Multimedia Education.
Ahanger, G.; Little, T. D. C.
The accessibility of the World Wide Web and its flexibility for conveying digital information in various forms makes it a convenient mode of communication for education. With the help of a distance learning application called "Easy Ed," this paper demonstrates how these properties of the Web along with a data model can be used to provide a classroom environment on the Internet. Easy Ed provides a rich medium for education that is achieved by integrating information across the different media types (text, video, audio, and graphics) in hypermedia form. Metadata conforming to the data model about different media types is stored in a relational database, which not only facilitates authoring, but also makes it possible to reuse existing instructional material. Another concept of Easy Ed is the dynamic repurposing of content at the time of access. Dynamic information generation helps to customize information according to a user's level of comprehension, the information medium, and hardware compatibility. Five figures present customization and page composition, the system architecture of Easy Ed, object hierarchy in a topic, an example of tour formation, and the interface for display of course views and contents. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Authoring Aids (Programming), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer System Design, Databases, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Hypermedia, Instructional Effectiveness, Material Development, Metadata, Models, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Technology Integration, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A