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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedBerwick First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Michael Morgan


This unit examines the diversity of theoretical and conceptual frameworks which influence current research and production of educational multimedia applications. Topics will include: educational theory and practice, cognition and cognitive development, the differentiation between child and adult learners, catering to differences in the capacity to learn, for example, gifted and disabled learners, creating immersive and interactive learning environments, current debates surrounding e-Learning, and enabling equitable access to learning technologies. Students will be given an overview of issues and techniques for applying information technology to support instruction in educational and training contexts and gain practical experiences in managing a design process involving competing aspects of learning theories, content characteristics, audience needs and software development practices.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A theoretical and conceptual understanding of:

  • the diversity of theoretical and conceptual frameworks which contribute to the current research and application of educational multimedia;
  • the uniquely immersive, engaging and interactive nature of educational multimedia learning environments; and
  • the correlation of the individual needs of a learner with an appropriate digital environment for the delivery of educational material and learning experiences.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • be acquainted with and value the diversity of learning styles and requirements within the community; and
  • appreciate the need for an adaptive approach in the modification of technology to the requirements of both the learner and the educational content.
Developed the skills to:
  • design and produce documents relating to the conceptual development of educational learning environments;
  • develop applications of learning environments for specific learning needs; and
  • utilise appropriate techniques and be able to select tools to meet the requirements of specific learning environments.
Demonstrated the teamwork skills necessary to:
  • recognise the potential of multimedia in enabling educational access and equity;
  • further develop communication and group work skills;
  • understand the importance of the functional and structural role of multimedia in contemporary educational practice; and
  • recognise the significance and ubiquity of educational products in the multimedia industry and the need for quality assurance in production processes.


Examination (2 hours): 25%; In-semester assessment: 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michael Morgan

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


FIT2012 and FIT2016



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