Multimedia interactive student handbook

Fonseca, Elena L. (2010) Multimedia interactive student handbook. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In an era when Web 2.0 is starting to become one of the more popular ways of communicating with users, the School of Computing in the University of Portsmouth is still distributing their student handbook in a paper format. As identified in this report, a large number of students found this format to be dull and uninteresting and so did not use it. To address this issue, different technologies were studied with the aim of getting a friendlier, more multimedia based and interactive method of presenting the book to students. This report starts off by reviewing how technology is moving forward within the teaching environment with, for example, e-learning, continues by analysing existing handbooks used among the top 20 British Universities, and then tries to find and develop the best handbook solution. To find out what issues the students had when using the paper version, a survey was distributed asking them about its usage, how to improve it and what they expected to find in it. Analysis of the responses led to the conclusion that an improved version of the handbook was needed. Members of the School of Computing staff in charge of updating and distributing the handbook each year were also asked for their views. The requirements became to get a better experience for the students while being easy to use and kept up to date by members of staff. After analysing different technologies such as Flash, Ajax and other Web 2.0 solutions, it was proposed that a 2-part website (front-end for students and a back-end for staff to update the handbook content) based on PHP, which would load the information from an Oracle database, be the way forward. Thus, all the content modified by staff members would automatically be displayed on the front-end for students. In this report the entire implementation process is explained as well as the platform that this system requires to work. During the evaluation and test stage of the report, it is shown that the artefact received very good feedback from both staff members and students, with the possibility of being put onto a production server for real life use.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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