for the Learning of: Concepts and Principles
S. Guttormsen Schär,J. Kaiser,H. Krueger
Institute of Hygiene and Applied Physiology
ETH Zentrum 8092 Zürich
Multimedia is a powerful information tool, particularly for complex information. It has become a key concept in contexts such as Web design and computer-aided learning (CAL). The potentials coupled with multimedia is however no guaranty of quality whenever the concept is used for marketing. The need for guidelines for multimedia design is obvious in many CAL products, also Internet is a live example of the experimentation going on in this field. This paper addresses the employment of multimedia in these contexts, i.e. how to represent and present complex information for the purpose of learning. There is no doubt about the great potential of multimedia in this field. It relates to the broad variety of possibilities in expressing different learning contents by employing new information technology. The big threat to this potential is the amount of knowledge in different fields that is necessary in order to achieve a good product. Beside expert knowledge in the topic to be presented, also knowledge in computer science, psychology, pedagogic, didactic, instructional design, etc. is necessary.
Traditionally multimedia has referred to the employment of various technical tools and equipment for the storage of information, which should be presented in combination. In this paper multimedia refers to the employment of the concept which has been common with the possibility of producing and presenting