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Abstract Multimedia-based Distance Education on the Internet: Challenges and Experiences

By Karl Kurbel


Providing multimedia-based courses over the Internet is a challenging task. Technological requirements are far more binding than for simple HTML based courses as in traditional web-based teaching. Low-cost multimedia technologies, in particular technologies for video production and delivery over the Internet, have just become available. Established rules and recommendations how to use those technologies effectively are still missing. In this paper, different approaches to the production and delivery of multimedia-based courses are outlined and illustrated by examples. A specific focus is set on videos as the main instructional medium. The examples are taken from real courses that have been produced for an Internet-based study program leading to a master's degree in Business Informatics. This program is provided by a virtual organization. Experiences reported are based on course material for that program. Technological restrictions in today's tools and ways to overcome those restrictions are discussed. All facets of producing lecture videos require a significant phase of learning and getting acquainted with the technology. A learning curve could clearly be observed. 1 Background of the Work Most educational programs require the physical presence of students at the location of the institution providing the program. This can be a barrier for some types of potential students, for example people who work in a job, people in the third world for whom the cost of living in an industrialized country and the travelling expenses ar

Year: 2009
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