Design guidelines for interactive multimedia learning environments to promote social inclusion

Brown, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1677-7485, Powell, H.M., Battersby, S., Lewis, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-2788-5043, Shopland, N. ORCID: 0000-0003-2082-9070 and Yazdanparast, M., 2002. Design guidelines for interactive multimedia learning environments to promote social inclusion. Disability and Rehabilitation, 24 (1112), pp. 587-597. ISSN 0963-8288

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Purpose: There is a continuing need for guidelines to aid in the design of Interactive Multimedia Learning Environments (IMLE) to promote effective learning. The project introduced in this paper looks at an important subset of this problem, the design of interactive learning environments to promote social inclusion. Method: A consortium of six partners contributed toward defining learning material to develop a range of work based skills, including horticulture, IT and catering. These were then developed into IMLE prototypes. Formative evaluation of these prototypes then revealed a range of usability problems, which were grouped into generic types and frequency of occurrence. Results: The most important and frequently occurring problems were used to distil a set of design guidelines for the development of effective IMLE. The results from this Usability Content Analysis were also used to refine the initial prototypes to improve their usability and effectiveness. Conclusions: These guidelines called the Greenhat Design Guidelines can be adopted for use by all multimedia developers aiming to promote the social inclusion of vulnerable or socially disadvantaged groups of people. The refined IMLE can be accessed via the Greenhat Server to improve the employment-related skills of socially excluded people.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Creators: Brown, D.J., Powell, H.M., Battersby, S., Lewis, J., Shopland, N. and Yazdanparast, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Place of Publication: Abingdon, Oxon
Date: 2002
Volume: 24
Number: 1112
ISSN: 0963-8288
Rights: © 2002 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:30
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 12:31

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