Online & Multimedia Learning

In the creation of instructional content for any learning outcome, it is common to use multiple mediums, including: text and images, video with audio, face to face presentations with slides. Why do we do this? Is there a benefit to using multiple mediums? Are there downsides?

In this course, we will answer these questions and more through an exploration of the history and current use of multimedia and digital interaction to augment learning. At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Create a variety of prototype multimedia learning objects including, virtual reality simulations, screencasts, infographics, and/or web-based serious games
  • Demonstrate the application of the design thinking process in the creation of multimedia and interactive learning objects
  • Evaluate the suitability of multimedia learning objects for specific use cases using evaluation frameworks and multimedia learning principles
  • Recognize and describe principles of effective interaction design
  • Contextualize theories and principles that support the use of interactive and multimedia learning


Topic 1: What is Multimedia and Interactive Learning, and Why is it Important?

  • Review videos and readings:
  • Setup your WordPress website
  • Finding free and beautiful Stock Photos for your blog posts
  • Blog Post 1 

Topic 2: Where and How Do We Learn, in General, and with Multimedia?

  • Review videos and readings
  • Web annotation & collaboration with Hypothesis
  • Blog Post 2

Topic 3: Multimedia Design for Learning

  • Review videos and readings
  • Screencasts
  • Video Editing
  • Blog Post 3

Topic 4: The Design Process & Project Planning

  • Review videos and reading
  • H5P – Interactive videos & quizzes
  • Blog Post 4

Topic 5: How Do We Evaluate Multimedia?

  • Review videos and readings
  • Virtual Reality Tours
  • Google Earth Stories
  • Blog Post 5
  • Assignment 2 Blog Feedback 1

Topic 6: Selected Multimedia Creation Tools Learning Tools

  • Review videos and readings
  • Design & Layout in Canva
  • Infographics with Canva
  • Blog Post 6 – Core Multimedia Skill part 1

Topic 7: The Importance of Storytelling

  • Review videos and readings
  • Interactive Storytelling with Twine
  • Blog Post 7

Topic 8: Persuasive Presentations vs Death by PowerPoint

  • Review videos and readings
  • PowerPoint or Google Slides
  • Creating Lesson Plans
  • Blog Post 8

Topic 9: Active vs Passive Learning using Multimedia Tools

  • Review videos and readings
  • Sketchnoting
  • Image Capture & Annotation
  • Blog Post 8

Topic 10: Data Visualization

  • Review videos and readings
  • Data Visualization Tools for Humanists -OR- Data Visualization with Tableau
  • Blog Post 9
  • Assignment 2 Blog Feedback 2

Topic 11: Smartphone Photography

  • Review videos and readings
  • Smartphone Photography
  • Image Editing with GIMP
  • Blog Post 10 – Core Multimedia Skills Part 2

Topic 12: The Great Educational Technology Debate

  • Review videos and readings
  • 3D Design & 3D Printing
  • Assignment 4 – Multimedia Design, Create & Review Project


You are NOT required to purchase a textbook for this course. All readings will either be freely and openly available on the web or will be accessible through the University of Victoria library.