June 11 – 16 , 2000, Dagstuhl Seminar 00241

Multimedia for Multimedia: Learning and Teaching at the University in the Next Decade


E. Fox (Blacksburg), W. Effelsberg (Mannheim), N. Georganas (Ottawa), R. Steinmetz (GMD, Darmstadt)

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Since the beginning of the nineties learning and teaching has tried to take advantage of multimedia and Internet technology and applications. Various research approaches have been used:

  • Multimedia Courseware implies a focus on the learning and teaching material itself: How shall the contents be structured, accessed, and presented? Which media shall be used? How can this be adapted to the teaching/learning situation?
  • Teleteaching/Telelearning as well as Cooperative Learning Environments refers to learning and teaching at different locations making use of networking facilities to communicate audio, video and other data. How can we support the learning in a team (possibly distributed teams with cooperative environments)? How can teams be supported in the learning process? How can synchronous and asynchronous usage modes be integrated?

A wide range of conferences and workshops in this area shows that these issues are topics of interest in many research communities. However many of the contributions have been rather superficial and not focused. Therefore, in this Dagstuhl seminar we took a narrowly defined focus -multimedia courseware and tools for learning multimedia- but approach it from a number of different perspectives.

The seminar brought together researchers from different areas interested in and working on "multimedia for multimedia": Experts in multimedia technology and applications, pedagogical and cognitive aspects, curricula on multimedia, lectures of multimedia and related publishers. Also new/up-coming leading & visionary researchers have been invited to demonstrate the state-of-the-art and work in progress.

The participants discussed emerging requirements, exchanged experiences in teaching and learning in this area (including a large number of demonstrations), identified commonalities all over the world, and discussed the potential of new multimedia technologies. According to the goal of the seminar, not only to hear presentations, the participants elaborated on common experiences in teaching multimedia.

The seminar included presentations, demonstrations and discussions on the following topics:

  • Existing curricula on multimedia
  • Design of physical and virtual environments for the learning of multimedia
  • Potential and problems stemming from the sharing of high quality media elements
  • Demonstrations of tools
  • Potential of existing and upcoming document formats (e.g. virtual environments)
  • Usability testing of multimedia courseware
  • Quality of service considerations
  • Asynchronous vs. synchronous learning
  • Next generation Internet and its impact
  • Educating the multimedia educators
  • Social economic issues of "multimedia learning"

In the seminar different approaches to the usage of multimedia for teaching multimedia were identified. Based on a comparison of these approaches the need for common multimedia curricula were discussed. Such curricula will allow the easy pooling and exchange of multimedia learning units and systems in order to improve the quality of multimedia training as a whole. As an outcome of the seminar the participants started to build up a worldwide network of experience to be used in the future by the whole research community interested in "multimedia for multimedia".

In this report, the abstracts of all contributions are presented. The organizers of the seminar, Wolfgang Effelsberg, Eduard Fox, Nicolas Georganas, and Ralf Steinmetz express their thanks to all participants for their valuable contributions.


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