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Media considerations

Redesigning Courses for Online Delivery

ISBN: 978-1-78190-690-3, eISBN: 978-1-78190-691-0

Publication date: 10 January 2014


Media considerations are pedagogical rather than technological in nature. In online courses, we use technology to enable learner interaction. In this chapter, we focus on a process through which we identify media that will help bring our course to life. Technology tools come and go, quickly. While some specific tools are suggested, it is the process by which to identify and select media that is enduring. We begin with a discussion of media-enabled course activities that are used to guide the selection process. The 10 activities are organized by type of interaction they represent and the media characteristics they require. Media have affordances or functions that can be matched with identified course activities to meet learner interaction needs. These needs help to narrow the scope of our selection decisions. After exploring a variety of functions and tools, we exemplify the media selection process. We extend the work started in previous chapters by identifying media needs in light of design and interaction decisions under the playground and symphony metaphors. In so doing, we demonstrate how the phases of the redesign process inform our technology choices.



(2014), "Media considerations", Redesigning Courses for Online Delivery (Cutting-Edge Technologies in Higher Education, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 81-112.



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