multimedia @ VU
multimedia in practice
IV / instruction(s)
status: 23/1/08 -- tentative proposal
A. Eliëns, icw others (Aroyo?)
IMM students, year 1
To engage students in communicating ideas of
personal, scientific and societal interest using web-based multimedia
Topics of interest will be provided in introductory lectures,
followed by an explanation of the interactive video platform
and the tools needed to produce digital content.
Using standard video editing software, elementary XML configuration
files, and basic scripting function, students will work in groups
to create interactive videos, based on self-recorded material and
videos from (among others) youtube.
An essential part of the assignment will be a detailed written communication
plan that outlines the components of the video, its structure,
and the messages that the product is supposed to convey.
Topics may be selected from both the scientific domain,
either technical, as outlined in
, or from a social science/business perspective,
as proposed for the course
social and economic aspects of the connected world
suggested in a meeting of the OLC IMM
. from scoietal issues, such
as climate change control
, or personal matters
related to students' life
mode of tuition
college + practicum
student assistants, supported by (assistent) platform expert
flex in combination with interactive flash video,
as developed for the clima futura
Awareness of communication issues, use of media technology,
attention for (selected) topics, project planning,
oral and written reports.
Lack of discipline or motivation, selection of irrelevant topics.
This course should require minimal technical expertise,
but appeal to students to find creative solutions in communicating
interesting topics, using current day multimedia technology,
in particular (interactive) video.
The course is related to but in terms of both scope
and requirements wrt technical expertise
rather different from the proposed
Project Interactive Multimedia
The inspiration and technical platform for this course stems
from our work in the Clima Futura 
- week 1 -- introduction of topic(s)
- week 2 -- instruction interactive video
- week 3 -- presentation of (communication) plan
- week 4 -- delivery op product & documentation
Selection of suitable topics and themes.
Development of manual interactive video
Course website, with schedule and additional information.
 Eliëns A., van de Watering M., Huurdeman H., Bhikharie S.V., Lemmers H., Vellinga P. , Clima Futura @ VU -- communicating (unconvenient) science, In Proc. GAME-ON 07, Nov 20-22, University of Bologna, Marco Roccetti (ed.), pp. 125-129, EUROSIS-ETI Publication, ISBN 9789077381373