Educational Multimedia : A Handbook for Teacher-Developers


Usha V. Reddi and Sanjaya Mishra, Editors
© Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, March 2003
ISBN: 81-88770-00-0


MULTIMEDIA has always fascinated educationists because of its strengths to communicate difficult concepts in simple ways. With the availability of more and more sophisticated computers with multimedia capabilities, the potentialities to use multimedia have also grown tremendously.  In the case of Open and Distance Education, which depends on self-learning materials, the use of multimedia enriches the teaching–learning experiences by providing a multi-sensory perspective. While it has been acknowledged that multimedia can be useful in the teaching-learning scenario of both face-to-face and distance learning settings, educators tend to believe that development of multimedia requires knowledge of high-end programming. This is true only partially. Today, with the availability of software like Flash, Director, 3D Studio Max, etc we can develop multimedia lessons with a little practice of the software. Therefore, you see many highly skilled multimedia designers in the market. But knowledge of the software alone is not enough to prepare a good educational multimedia. In order to be useful to the learner, a multimedia programme design needs to have a sound pedagogical base. This handbook intends to help teachers in understanding the basic concepts and various issues involved in the development of educational multimedia.


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Cover Page

Preliminary Pages and Contents

Section 1: Introduction to the Handbook

Section 2: Multimedia as an Educational Tool

Section 3: Hardware and Software for Multimedia Development

Section 4: Understanding Our Learners

Section 5: Instructional Design for Multimedia

Section 6: Scripting for Multimedia

Section 7: Development of Multimedia

Section 8: Delivery of Multimedia

Section 9: Evaluation of Multimedia

References, Suggested readings and Questionnaires

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