As part of flexible learning strategies, the ability to deliver courses over the Internet is growing at a rapid rate as the number of users, schools and tertiary institutions who are online increases proportionally to the sale of multimedia computers and modems. The cost of building these courses is both expensive and time consuming. At present the ability to deliver high quality sound and vision on the web is increasing and the demand for more authentic, engaging and dynamic learning environments is growing. Unfortunately, most users are limited in their access to the Internet, and the cost and time spent online waiting for a sound or video to download is both very distracting and frustrating. It breaks up the flow of concentration and the thread of learning. A strategy to consider in the design and deployment of on-line learning environments is to locate high quality resources and learning activities onto a CD-ROM and provide a link between them so the user has a seamless experience. The CD-ROM then acts as an active learning environment with a storehouse of information (resources) contained on it, which the user can navigate through to build knowledge. This can be done by using a number of key features such as Graphical Navigation landscapes, Iconic Metaphors, Intelligent Software Learning Agents, Vignettes, Keywords, and Glossaries all containing various types of media such as, video, sound, text and graphics, plus On-line web links to key external resources
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