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Content Development

A Model Driven Process for Web-Based Instructional Content Development. Mudur, S. P.; Gharpure, Prachi; Rajan, Parvati - It is well established that Web-based courseware must not restrict itself to the mere delivery of instructional material, but must be grounded in some sound model of instruction and learning. This paper discusses one such model, based on the best of instructional design principles and tries to overcome two of the most serious problems that are being faced in the process of introducing interactive Web-based learning, namely disorientation and cognitive overload. Whereas the emphasis in a lot of recent work has been on digital technology reuse, the emphasis is on core aspects of the content development process.

The principal contribution is an intuitively clear iconic notation that can be used to templatize and thus simplify the task of educational content development. The paper briefly describes the evolution of this model, the experimental effort to evaluate this model and the courseware development process that was adopted.

Content development for a Web-based system devoted to flight dispatcher icing training
Brophy, M. Lane, C. Li, R. Swigler, R. Bass, E.J. DeVoge, J.M. 
Dept. of Syst. & Inf. Eng., Virginia Univ., Charlottesville, VA, USA;
Abstract: In the airline industry, flight dispatchers are responsible for planning aircraft routes safely and economically. Training is essential to help dispatchers understand when and where icing may occur and what to do when it does. The goal of this project was to develop content for a Web-based system devoted to flight dispatcher icing training. The content addresses basic meteorology and weather product interpretation so that flight dispatchers can learn how to determine where icing is and might form. It also includes scenarios to support the flight dispatcher decision making process. To develop the content, we collaborated with a regional airline and a major domestic airline. This paper describes the progress to date on the content development effort. For each content area, the lesson objectives and topic content are described. The paper also discusses the remaining effort required to complete the content development process. 

Patterns for e-learning content development
Thayanithy Jegan, CHIKKANNAN ESWARAN, Multimedia University, Malaysia -
Abstract: Content development plays a key role in e-learning. Designing of content with good interactivity is essential for an effective teaching and learning system. Development of such an interactive content is not an easy task for the instructors. It requires a collaborative work among experts from various fields. This paper suggests the use of patterns for providing solutions for e-learning content development. Three types of patterns and also the problems for which these patterns can be deployed are discussed in detail. The constructive templates that are used for implementing the proposed patterns are also presented. Each pattern is illustrated with example instances, which are created by using the constructive templates. The paper concludes with a discussion on a web-based pattern database application, which can be used to store all the recognized patterns. It is expected that this research project will lead to the development of a new e-learning authoring tool, which uses patterns as its metaphor.

A Look Into the Future: SVG and related XML standards
SVG Open 2002 - Jon Ferraiolo - Jon Ferraiolo Consulting
Abstract: In this talk, Jon takes a quick step back to look at some big picture issues, such as how SVG fits into the world of XML standards, how SVG relates to the notion of the "New Document", and how the programming concept of Model-View-Controller relates to Web content development. -

Introducing a Strategic Approach to Outstanding Content Development -
Great content doesn’t happen by accident. By taking a rational approach that includes careful planning, diligent implementation, and well-tested delivery, vendor teams can ensure a successful project that satisfies client needs, budget constraints, and schedule demands while meeting the business objectives of both the client and the vendor. 

This document provides an overview of a proven method for vendor-provided content development. The purpose is to provide insights to people who have recently started outsourcing their content development or who are looking for ideas about how to ensure success in an outsourced content-development project.