Evaluation and multimedia learning objects: Towards a human-centred approach.

McEwan, Tom and Cairncross, Sandra (2004) Evaluation and multimedia learning objects: Towards a human-centred approach. International Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 1 (2). pp. 101-112. ISSN 1741-5659

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If initial attempts to incorporate reusable multimedia into university teaching were characterised by the efforts of enthusiasts, the growth of the “Learning Object” economy in recent years requires a more strategic and systems-based approach. While all reusable learning materials have a value, both financial and educational, multimedia in particular is expensive to produce. Systematic production (based on ISO 14915 standards (2002a, 2002b, 2003) and evaluation of fitness for purpose, are paramount. Human-centred design (HCD) methodologies, based on the ISO 13407 standard (1999), are now well-established for ensuring that investments in technology result in benefits, and in particular lay heavy emphasis on the frequent use of evaluation. This paper reviews literature in educational multimedia production, interaction design, HCD, and pedagogy, and summarises ongoing attempts to standardise a definition of reusable learning objects (RLOs), with multimedia learning objects (MLOs) as a specific example. We conclude that evaluation must be central to the production and deployment of MLOs. We report on experiences applying an existing framework for effective production of multimedia learning resources, and propose revisions to this framework to add effective evaluation mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1741-5659
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Evaluation; Human-centred design; ISO13407; Learning objects; Multimedia; Literature review;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 006 Special Computer Methods
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 1804
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 22 May 2008 08:53
Last Modified: 10 May 2013 13:58

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