Research clearly indicates that the natural learning processes of children are firmly grounded in 'hands-on' experiences, experimentation and reflection modes based in 'real world' situations rather than instructivist modes which seem to pervade so many educational systems.
Bounded learning environments such as those based in multimedia CD-ROM format which are situated in simulated 'real world' experiences, problem based and rich in mixed media representations can be designed to encourage student centred investigation and knowledge construction.
Exploring the Nardoo is such an environment. It has been designed to make full use of the power of multimedia and provides the students with a rich, highly interactive multimedia based information landscape through which they may navigate freely whilst constructing their knowledge. Learning in this rich environment is supported by a number of innovative cognitive tools. While such environments have little difficulty in providing student centred knowledge construction, it is difficult to offer the sociocultural processes and social-dialogical aspects of constructivist frameworks within such 'desktop' multimedia based environments. The provision of some specialised cognitive tools has partially addressed socio-cultural processes but not the social-dialogical aspects.
Providing mechanisms to address this short fall is challenging. Exploiting the power of the World Wide Web as a communicative tool and utilising web based interactive systems such as IRC, video conferencing E-mail, discussion forums and collaborative workspaces may provide a solution and at the same time an enriched experience for those using some of the many CD-ROM based learning packages restricted to the immediate desktop environment. The web can also be used in a supportive role to these environments by providing a means of up-dating content information and providing a wider resource base that can be accessed during investigations.
This paper provides an overview of the difficulties associated with the migration of complex interactive multimedia environments to the web. The constructivist design principles which underpin the development of the interactive CD-ROM 'Exploring the Nardoo', an example of such an environment, are also outlined. The structure and its included learning support features are described and the methods being investigated by which the World Wide Web can be utilised to address the socio-cultural and socio-dialogical aspects of constructivist frameworks to extend the richness of the experience for students using it, is outlined.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of ICCE'98, Vol 1 - Global Education on the Net|
|Editors||TW Chan, A Collins, JX Lin|
|Place of Publication||Beijing, China|
|Publisher||CHINA HIGHER EDUCATION PRESS BEIJING|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
|Event||6th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 98) - Beijing, China|
Duration: 14 Oct 1998 → 17 Oct 1998
|Conference||6th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 98)|
|Period||14/10/98 → 17/10/98|