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Multimedia Application On The Internet

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.299.1 - 2.299.11



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Tamie Veith

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John E. Kobza

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Mario G. Beruvides

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C. Patrick Koelling

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Session 2457

Session 2457


C. Patrick Koelling*, John E. Kobza*, Tamie Veith*, Mario G. Beruvides+ *Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University/+Texas Tech University


In August 1995 the National Science Foundation, through SUCCEED (Southeastern University and College Coalition for Engineering Education), funded a project to develop and test a multimedia laboratory experience in work measurement and methods engineering. The primary purpose was to evaluate the efficacy of the multimedia vehicle compared to alternatives such as strictly text-based, standard multimedia, and simulation multimedia (Koelling and Ramsey, 1996).

In August 1996 SUCCEED funded a project to move the aforementioned multimedia experience to the Internet through the World Wide Web. There are many obvious advantages to this distribution media, including ease of update, ease of distribution, version control, and the ability to acquire information on usage. Of course, disadvantages abound. Network traffic, immaturity of software, and other technology issues pose difficulties that must be overcome.

This paper addresses our experience in moving the work measurement and methods engineering multimedia laboratory from the CD to the World Wide Web. The multimedia version was originally developed in Macromedia Director 4.0 (and later moved to Director 5.0) and was made accessible over the Internet by the use of Macromedia’s Shockwave technology. We explain issues relevant to moving to the Web and discuss data gathered through the experience in an attempt to compare the CD and Web technologies.

The Multimedia Application

The multimedia system in this research uses a combination of text, video, audio, graphics, and animation to present instructional material. The system was developed with Macromedia Director 4.0 on the Macintosh platform. The projector feature of Director allows each multimedia system to run as a stand-alone application.

The multimedia system presents the material in a highly-structured manner, which has become a standard interface for instructional multimedia. Information is grouped under topics. A button for each topic is present at all times to allow quick access to each section of the program. After a topic button is chosen, the instructional information for the chosen section is presented in a large window. More information about the section can then be accessed through the use of a Next

Veith, T., & Kobza, J. E., & Beruvides, M. G., & Koelling, C. P. (1997, June), Multimedia Application On The Internet Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6698

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