Multimedia design workshop (3 days)

Summary

This workshop offers comprehensive design guidelines for multimedia packages, concentrating on pedagogic synergy between audio and images. It also proposes pedagogically optimum production techniques, together with suggestions for salvaging narrative coherence. The guidelines derive from the facilitator’s 30-years’ experience of producing and appraising multimedia packages, mainly at the UK Open University. These packages are typically produced over several script conferences by a team of experienced teachers who know their target audience well. Over time, the team will have developed a consensus design model. The workshop pulls together these tacit models to produce a framework of explicit design principles, under the following headings:

  • Navigational guidance and student control
  • Use of language
  • Layout and build-up of the screen
  • Relationship of screen text to audio commentary
  • The images and the commentary should reinforce each other
  • Interactive elements
  • Educational narrative: judiciously balance effective exposition by the teacher, against independent exploration by the student
  • How can narrative coherence be salvaged?

For content, see online paper, “Pedagogic design guidelines for multimedia materials: a mismatch between intuitive practitioners and experimental researchers” http://www.eurodl.org/materials/contrib/2005/Jack_Koumi.htm

Participants will work in teams to choose a topic and produce a storyboard of a multimedia package (three drafts), while the facilitator circulates

Day 1
1030-1045 1 Inaugural session.
1045-1100 1b Participants’ introductions
1100-1150 1b Jack Koumi: Teaching functions appropriate for TV and Video
am BREAK
1210-1330 2 Teaching functions appropriate for TV and Video: examples
LUNCH
1430-1550 3 Teaching functions appropriate for Print, Video-Print packages, computer packages
pm BREAK
1610-1710 4 Design Principles for pedagogic video clips
1710-1730 5 Consolidation of day 1

 

Day 2
1030-1150 1 Design Principles for pedagogic video clips (cont)
am BREAK
1210-1330 2 Design Principles for multimedia packages
LUNCH
1430-1550 3 Design Principles for multimedia packages (cont)
pm BREAK
1610-1710 4 Form groups and select topics for practical audiovisual design exercise: design draft 1 audiovisual package
1710-17305 Consolidation of day 2

 

Day 3
1030-1150 1 Exercise: design draft 2 of audiovisual package
am BREAK
1210-1330 2 Exercise: design draft 3 of audiovisual package
LUNCH
1430-1550 3 Present draft 3 to participants, receive feedback
pm BREAK
1610-1710 4 Present draft 3 to participants, receive feedback (cont)
1710-1730 5 Consolidation of day 3