Abstract: "Creating and Evaluating a Multimedia Teaching/Learning Package"
Jeffrey Greene, Houghton Mifflin Company
This paper will examine a number of issues that relate to the development of multimedia technology as it pertains to the teaching of history in US colleges. It will focus primarily on the role of commercial textbook publishers in this process.
Some of the issues to be discussed include:
Can multimedia technology enhance students' learning?
Why use multimedia technology in a discipline like history?
Can commercial publishers add value to the learning process with multimedia technology?
How do publishers determine what products and services will prove most useful for historians and their students? This question is especially problematic considering that the majority of historians has little experience with multimedia and is thus at
a disadvantage in evaluating its effectiveness.
What are the issues in deciding whether to use CD-ROMs or the Web to deliver the product?
Lessons learned from the development of @history: objectives, testing, and evaluation.