Sociomedia: Multimedia, Hypermedia, and the Social Construction of Knowledge / Edition 1

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Sociomedia continues the assessment of hypertext and hypermedia systems begun in Text, ConText, and HyperText and The Society of Text. It examines the use of integrated multimedia to support social or collaborative research, learning, and instruction in the university, one of the best environments for developing and analyzing the effects of computing technologies on our understanding of complex sets of information. The twenty-five contributions discuss critical design issues in the creation of advanced multimedia computing technologies, describe the systems now in use, and assess the effectiveness of this emerging technology.Barrett's opening essay further explores his original and thought-provoking application of social construction theories of knowledge to the development and analysis of multimedia systems. Some of the chapters that follow look at the effectiveness of particular multimedia systems across the curriculum, from medicine, sociology, and management to language learning, writing, literature, and intergenerational studies. Other chapters examine the implied pedagogy within these systems, or the effects of using multimedia and hypermedia in the classroom.Readers should come away from this collection with a critical stance toward the use of integrated media for information retrieval and creation as well as an informed knowledge of the kinds of multimedia systems in development or use. Developers will be able to use this collection to gain insight into the kinds of design choices others have made and their effectiveness in practice.Edward Barrett is Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262521932
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: Digital Communication
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Barrett is Senior Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Sociomedia: An Introduction 1
1 Education by Engagement and Construction: A Strategic Education Initiative for a Multimedia Renewal of American Education 13
2 Is There a Class in This Text? Creating Knowledge in the Electronic Classroom 27
3 Varieties of Virtual: Expanded Metaphors for Computer-Mediated Learning 53
4 Cognitive Architecture in Hypermedia Instruction 79
5 Multimedia: Informational Alchemy or Conceptual Typography? 95
6 Dimensions, Context, and Freedom: The Library in the Social Creation of Knowledge 107
7 Multimedia and the Library and Information Studies Curriculum 125
8 The Virtual Museum and Related Epistemological Concerns 141
9 An Epistemic Analysis of the Interaction between Knowledge, Education, and Technology 161
10 The Many Faces of Multimedia: How New Technologies Might Change the Nature of the Academic Endeavor 175
11 Bootstrapping Hypertext: Student-created Documents, Intermedia, and the Social Construction of Knowledge 195
12 The CUPLE Project: A Hyper- and Multimedia Approach to Restructuring Physics Education 219
13 Collaborative Virtual Communities: Using Learning Constellations, A Multimedia Ethnographic Research Tool 257
14 The Crisis Management Game of Three Mile Island: Using Multi-media Simulation in Management Education 297
15 Restructuring Space, Time, Story, and Text in Advanced Multi-media Learning Environments 319
16 The Virtual Classroom: Software for Collaborative Learning 347
17 Medical Center: A Modular Hypermedia Approach to Program Design 369
18 Prototyping Multimedia: Lessons from the Visual Computing Group at Project Athena Center for Educational Computing Initiative 391
19 Engineering-Design Instructional Computer System EDICS 413
20 Computers and Design Activities: Their Mediating Role in Engineering Education 433
21 The Need for Negotiation in Cooperative Work 469
22 Teaching Hypermedia Concepts Using Hypermedia Techniques 493
23 Computer Integrated Documentation 507
24 The Worcester State College "Elder Connection": Using Multi-media and Information Technology to Promote Intergenerational Education 533
25 Paradoxical Reactions and Powerful Ideas: Educational Computing in a Department of Physics 547
Index of Key Terms 579
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