Date of Award

Summer 2002

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems - (M.S.)

Department

Computer and Information Science

First Advisor

Fadi P. Deek

Second Advisor

Qianhong Liu

Third Advisor

James A. McHugh

Abstract

This thesis focuses on three related concepts: problem-based collaborative learning; the use of multimedia tools in learning systems; and participatory design as a software engineering methodology to create multimedia tools to be used in learning systems. A literature review of the three areas is followed by an overview of the pedagogical, technological, and business trends that affect the direction of innovation in education, including problem-based learning. A discussion of a software engineering project to develop a multimedia application that enhances the learning of geography skills and puts the programming, interface design and multimedia systems capabilities of college students into action ensues. The project results are presented, and suggestions for future research are proposed.

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