Multimodal design for hybrid course materials : developing and evaluating a new paradigm for course delivery
Sankey, Michael David (2007) Multimodal design for hybrid course materials : developing and evaluating a new paradigm for course delivery. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
In early 2003, in a major shift in policy, the University of Southern Queensland
(USQ) announced that its learning materials would progressively move from a
predominantly print-based mode of delivery to a new 'hybrid' mode of delivery
across all discipline areas. Central to this delivery would be a resource-rich CDROM
containing all study materials, supported with a range of multimedia based
enhancements, online support and selective print materials.
As this represented a fundamentally new approach to the delivery of materials
at USQ, it was essential to ascertain a clear understanding of about the implications
of this change for student learning. In implementing this policy it was necessary to
establish a range of pedagogically sound, cost effective delivery guidelines, for the
development of the course materials and the multimedia based enhancements. In
response to this need, this study has developed a set of 10 multimodal design
heuristics used to guide the development of these materials. In establishing these
guidelines, this thesis contextualises important issues associated with hybrid delivery
and considers how catering for a multiliterate clientele by using a combination of
multimedia based enhancements in an electronic environment may improve the
learning opportunities for students.
Two Faculty of Business courses delivered in 2004, ECO2000
'Macroeconomics for Business and Government' and MGT2004 'People
Development', were chosen to pilot the new hybrid mode of delivery. The
combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches was used to investigate how
students have utilised this new environment. This approach rendered a clear
indication of student views about the CD based delivery and, more particularly, an appreciation of how they utilised the multimedia based enhancements to augment
Analysis of the research data indicated a strong acceptance of the CD based
learning environment. This was particularly true for off-campus and international
students. On the whole, students reported a preference for a CD based resource,
though this acceptance was moderated by a desire to still receive some print-based
materials. Importantly, from this analysis it was possible to add a further four
multimodal design heuristics to the original set of ten which informed the design of
the multimedia based enhancements for each course.
This study demonstrates that higher levels of student engagement are possible
when integrating a range of multimedia based enhancements to cater for a range of
student learning modalities, whilst also maintaining a balanced environment for more
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|Item Type:||QUT Thesis (PhD)|
|Supervisor:||Burnett, Bruce & Lloyd, Margaret|
|Keywords:||multimodal design, multimedia, distance education, hyperlinking, design heuristics|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Department:||Faculty of Education|
|Institution:||Queensland University of Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright Michael David Sankey|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2008 04:01|
|Last Modified:||28 Oct 2011 19:46|
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