Webscapes: A Theoretical Framework for the Collaborative Design and Development of Multimedia-Rich Online Learning Environments
Abstract: This proposal explores the evolution of the Webscape theoretical framework over a ten year period and describes several multimedia educational projects developed using this student-centered, collaborative approach. This model provides a structure for student teams to work with clients and content experts throughout the entire process of instructional design from brainstorming through evaluation. Critical components of the model are described in terms of rhizomatic theory, a means of understanding chaotic and dynamic social processes. The insights provided by this theoretical framework shed light on the equally important, yet under-emphasized, process involved in constructing Webscapes. Several authentic projects involving community organizations that were interested in creating multimedia resources to advance their educational mission are used as case studies for the exploration.