MODULE 3: Lessons 9 and 10

Learning Outcome 3:

On completion the learner should be able to describe the essential properties and attributes of interactive digital media products.

Collaborative Digital Media Product Development.

Collaboration means working with others on a task. Collaboration is an essential part the digital media workplace. Learning to collaborate with yourcollaborationhands.jpg peers is also important preparation for your working life, as most people have to work as part of a team. While much team work takes place face to face, the digital media environment is increasingly using collaborative technologies that include e-mail, wikis, blogs, instant messaging and specific collaboration tools such as Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

Participating in collaborative projects can enable the development of important workplace skills. Particularly communication, analytical and interpersonal skills, which are highly valued by employers. The abilities to listen, question, persuade, respect the opinions of others, help, share and participate are of lifelong value.
Collaborative projects also allows for tasks and the workload to be distributed. In a collaborative group members are able to bounce ideas off each other and learn from each other. Members can contribute different skills and thus the group can achieve more than what individual members could on their own. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We are smarter than me.

Digital Media Collaboration Exercise:

Aim: To collaboratively develop an elearning multimedia tutorial on, “How To Use a Digital Camera’s Macro Function”.
In this exercise you will complete multiple roles.
1. As an instructional designer using the graphics and photos of others.
2. As a photographer providing photos to an instructional designer.
3. As a graphic designer providing slides to an instructional designer.
Instructional Designer’s Preparation Role
1. Create a Project Collaboration Wiki at Record the URL
2. Sketch a storyboard to illustrate how you will provide instruction on how to take a macro photo with the supplied digital camera.
3. If possible scan and embed your storyboard in your collaboration wiki OTHERWISE use the storyboard to specify details of the photos and slides you will require for your lesson.
4. Add the specifications for your photos and slides to your wiki. You will need to specify the photo views your require (rear, front, close up etc.) and the text to be included in the slides. In addition you will need to specify the annotations you want added to the photos e.g. arrows, highlighting, etc.
A useful online tool for sketching requirements is IMAGINATION CUBED at Use screen capture software to save your sketch and embed in the collaboration wiki.
5. Include your specification in the Collaboration Document and invite the Graphic Designer and Photographer to note your requirements and proceed with their tasks.

collaborationjigsaw.jpgPhotographer’s Role.
1. Refer to the Google Collaboration Document to obtain your specifications for photos to be used in the elearning product.
2. Produce photos. Embed copies in the Collaboration Collaboration (use Flickr, or BubbleShare, or PhotoBucket, etc.) for the instructional designer's approval.
3. After approval forward image files to the Graphic Designer.

Graphic Designer’s Role.
1. Refer to the Collaboration Wiki to obtain your specifications for slides to be used in the elearning product.
2. Produce slides using PowerPoint or Photoshop, etc.)
3. Obtain images from the photographer and annotate using the product specification/storyboard.
4. Embed slides and images in the Collaboration Wiki for the instructional designer's approval.

Instructional Designer’s Development Role.
1. Develop a prototype for your elearning tutorial using the supplied slides and annotated photos.
2. Write a script for a voice over narration to enhance the tutorial.
3. Produce your tutorial with its recorded narration as a video using either PhotoStory or Camtasia and embed the video in your Collaboration and Class wikis.