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What we do ...
The HSIT multimedia group is developing a software tool that will permit them to maintain the software end of a partnership with faculty while the faculty member focuses solely on content development and management.
The tool, an "integrated manager of learning environments" which the multimedia group has named IMOLE, is designed to meet the following criteria:
What does IMOLE look like to a faculty member when deployed on a computer (Win95/98/NT/2000/XP/VISTA,MAC OS X,UNIX/LINUX)? It looks like whatever the faculty member and our instructional designer determine is needed to address a specifically identified set of educational objectives.
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Who is the HSIT multimedia group?
In addition to the general charges to the node (on the main "services" page), the mandate to provide for the design of course and instructional materials is further outlined in the memo from the Office of the Provost - 8/6/97:
What does the multimedia group do?
To meet this charge HSIT has added an instructional designer, a software developer and a multimedia software developer/artist to its staff. This group will assist faculty in the development of instructional support materials designed for computer based delivery via the IMole product.
Note: The HSIT deans have discussed the benefits of shared case-based simulations, knowledge bases, imagebases, glossaries, and reusable code which could all contribute to a collaborative approach to software development across the five schools. They have also noted that the 'one person, one course, one program' approach is not in the best interests of HSIT. It is their current belief that the products should support the academic program of each school as well as contribute to cross-discipline collaboration and faculty development. The products should be accessible from a lab in any health professions school, from consortium hospitals, or from home. Projects undertaken by the multimedia group will reflect this focus.
What doesn't the multimedia group do?
As an instructional development entity, the HSIT multimedia group doesn't offer photography, graphic art, illustration, or imaging services to the end-user such as those provided by CIT's Art and Photographic Services group, and it doesn't provide end-user equipment resources as can be found in the Medical School's Confocal Microscopy and 3-Dimensional Imaging Laboratory. Instead, the multimedia group will incorporate the services these facilities offer into their overall instructional materials development design plan.
Content last reviewed: 12/18/2000
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