Module 8: Designing an educational multimedia web page


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It's now time to get started on the EMW. As an individual you may select a specific, well-defined topic for your project, or, if you are part of a team, you may wish to carve out a particular content area you can break up into sub-topics with each individual tackling their own article on one sub-topic.

This week, you will draft a short (maximum 250 word) proposal that includes:

Please take a look at Phase 1: Designing an educational multimedia web page for examples of two proposals, one dealing with a concrete topic and the other with a more abstract topic.


Have you ever had trouble developing a visual for a project. Some ideas are easy to visualize, while others may seem impossible. Take a look at page 9 on How to Visualize and then practice your skills with the Visualization

Here's another way of thinking about visuals that you might find useful. It's a taxonomy developed by Levin and Mayer (1993) to classify textbook illustrations as:

Decorative: Images that arouse interest or entertain, but do not enhance the instructional text. Example: A picture of a galaxy for a lesson on physics.

Representational: Images that show a single element related to the instructional text. Example: A picture of a satellite dish for an article on distance learning.

Organizational: Images that show relations among elements. Example: A graph showing the relationship between air pollution and pulmonary disease, or a diagram showing the parts of a sentence or the parts of a fuel injection system.

Explanative: Images that explain how processes or procedures work. Examples: A video demonstrating how to close a sale or a still image describing the water cycle.

For your EET article, think in terms of the last two categories, organizational and explanative images, only, as these are most valuable for instruction.

While you're thinking about visualization, here's an interesting article on the relatively new field of scientific visualization, or visualizing data with computers.

What's next?

Remember to submit your proposal to your instructor for feedback. This is the most critical phase of the project, because this design drives everything else you do in the article.

Next, we'll turn to sketching and storyboarding each visual, then on to prototyping, usability testing, and final production and posting on the web.