Multimedia LessonBuilder

Completion Date: November 2004

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Screenshot of the Lesson BuilderSummary
The Multimedia LessonBuilder enables foreign language instructors to create pedagogically-rich online course materials.

Using very simple steps, this tool builds fully independent, web-delivered lessons that include one or more of the following:

  • Multimedia elements (video, audio)
  • Welcome and exit pages clearly outlining learning goals and next steps
  • Activities, such as multiple choice, matching, short answer, and essay
  • Multimedia Annotator, an interactive media player providing help

These lessons can stand alone or can be used within course management systems.


Technical
The Multimedia LessonBuilder uses XML specs from IMS (content packaging and QTI) as an internal data model. XML-RPC is used to communicate between the Flash client and the Java server. This tool runs on OSX and Microsoft Windows and likely works on machines running Linux. The tool requires Macromedia Flash Player 7 for operation.

HTML lessons are generated using XSL to process the XML. Javascript allows for sophisticated question/response/feedback. Unicode data is utilized throughout, with Unicode Flash-based text input.


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