Multimedia and Interface Design
In the design of interactive learning environments, the
development of an effective interface and the choice of appropriate media
requires not only an understanding of the knowledge domain but also the most
effective way to represent this to learners. This subject will develop students
understanding of the design and development of interactive multimedia learning
resources and environments through a focus on selecting and combining media
appropriately for effective learning.
This subject explores the role of effective visualisation
and screen design and the ways it can facilitate understanding by learners/users
of software. Topics focus on how multiple media can be combined to enhance
understanding, how visual design and metaphor support reduction in cognitive
load, how effective electronic performance support systems support work through
complex tasks and how usability can be investigated.
Students will have an opportunity to design their own
multimedia treatments for concepts of their choice and, using the software tools
available, develop these into learning resources.