This week in my Instructional Media Resources class, we learned about multimedia resources. These resources are an amalgamation of print, audio, and visual resources and hence, provide for a more enriching and interactive learning experience (Lamb, n.d.).
Compared to the other two resources we studied (see Albion and Huang below), the Building Treehouses resource by Lamb (n.d.) was what I found most interesting and most helpful. For one, it gave a list of the different slides that should make up a slideshow as well as the functional areas that slides have.
Aside from these, it also mentioned different software that can be used to create multimedia resources. One of these was Macromedia Flash Player, which comes as no surprise since most websites incorporate clips in them. It also listed Microsoft PowerPoint which I use to create my visual aids in school.
For a moment, it got me confused because Lamb had also mentioned PowerPoint as a good tool when creating projected visuals (Lamb, 2005). Then of course, I came to realize that the fact that it is called “multimedia” would mean that it has to be projected somehow in order for it be as interactive as the designer would want it to be.
I have used clips, audio files, and hyperlinks in my PowerPoint presentations before. Hyperlinks make for nonlinear presentations (that is, they allow users to jump from one topic to another). However, the way I add hyperlinks in my slides still follow a linear outline (that is, it is part of a sequence).
I guess despite the limitation in interactive-ability, I realized that some of my slides are simple multimedia. After reading Building Treehouses, I had this idea of creating a website for my students that will connect the slides that I have used in my lectures. Of course, some of them will have to be revised and improved and some others still need to be designed (especially the interactive slides and student involvement area).
My greatest challenge about putting forth the project together will be to find the time to actually organize them into a cohesive stack (I can go crazy with sorting until I have several subfolders that I again will have to sort!) and the actual construction of a website. Not to mention that the school has a policy of discouraging teachers from giving assignments through the internet. Still, it will be a good science fair project that I can ask the students to be involved in. I think, given their tech-savvy, it will also help them learn more about my subject along the way.
Albion, P. (2001). Developing interactive multimedia using a problem-based learning framework. In L. Richardson and J. Lidstone (Eds), Flexible Learning for a Flexible Society, 30-38. Proceedings of ASET-HERDSA 2000 Conference, Toowoomba, Qld. Available at http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.25.7527&rep=rep1&type=pdf
Huang, C. (2005). Designing high-quality interactive multimedia learning modules. In Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 29, 223-233. Available at https://cset.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/files/documents/publications/Huang-Designing%20hih-quality%20interactive%20multimedia%20learning%20modules.pdf
Lamb, A. (2005). Designing and developing resources: Projected materials (Chap 9). In Building treehouses for learning: Technology in today’s classrooms. Available at http://eduscapes.com/treehouses/TL9projected.pdf
Lamb, A. (n.d). Designing and developing resources: multimedia materials (Chap 11). In Building treehouses for learning: Technology in today’s classrooms, 385-438. Available at http://eduscapes.com/treehouses/TN11multimedia.pdf