Dynamic extensions for education hypermedia
Darcy Gerard Benoit, Queen's University , Canada
Queen's University . Awarded
Much of the current research in the design of educational hypermedia involves the expansion of existing multimedia systems and the creation of new systems. Many new hypermedia systems are created to provide abilities which present systems do not have. Recently, an object-oriented programming language called Java was released, allowing authors to add dynamic extensions to hypermedia documents. These extensions (or applications) can be downloaded and run on the client machine through a World Wide Web browser. The ability to add dynamic extensions allows those involved in educational hypermedia to expand on the older, more standard World Wide Web browsing systems in order to better provide the higher quality needed for education.
In order to better show the problems with educational hypermedia, this thesis will consider four classes of problems, evaluating each, and proposing a solution using Java extensions. The problem classes are user control over information presentation, making and reading document annotations, viewing multiple independent threads of information and rendering a document structure for a World Wide Web document collection. This thesis will examine Java's interaction with the World Wide Web and how educational hypermedia can be enhanced by Java to provide a better environment for those receiving a computer-based education.
Benoit, D.G. Dynamic extensions for education hypermedia. Master's thesis, Queen's University.
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