The learning design is best used as an assessment piece in
a language unit. The learning design usually spans between
3 and 6 weeks, requiring 1-2 learning sessions at the beginning
of the period, independent study time, and then 1-2 learning
sessions at the end of the period.
Students require access to specific technology facilities
and some aspects of the learning design will usually require
a computer classroom/lab. Digital video cameras and multimedia
software are also required.
The learning design uses face-to-face and independent study
The learning design is aimed at undergraduate language students.
As the learning design is not content-specific, the learning
design has been used in first, second and third year language
units. Our evaluation of the learning design has suggested
that the design is best in language units where the students
have a reasonable grasp of the target language.
The learning design is ideal for classes of less that 30.
However depending on technology and support resources available,
this number could increase.
The Interactive Stories learning design is intended to form
an assessment component spanning 3-6 weeks of a language unit.
The topic area or scenario for the student projects may
relate to other activities in the language unit.
Within one discipline at UWA, a series of units are now
using digital media technology in language learning. The first
year unit incorporates a short-film project, the second year
unit incorporates an Interactive Stories project, while the
third year unit incorporates a larger short-film production.