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Multimedia/Multiliteracy: The multimedia arts education program

, University of Arizona, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-40-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


At the heart of the Multimedia Arts Education Program (MAEC) is a strong mix of literacy activities from the several arts disciplines and techniques. This is a descriptive study of this after school arts technology program for middle school youth. This paper describes the first year of an on-going longitudinal research project that will examine the effects of on high school success, graduation, and career aspirations. Data gathered in this phase will serve as part of the base-line data for that extended study. MAEC is an intensive computer-mediated arts technology program begun in 1996 by the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC). Middle school youth, targeted as being at risk from disadvantaged families, participate in a series of semester-long after school classes. The program is based on several literacies. Central to all the activities are written output from students consisting of journals, proposals, and descriptive abstracts, as well as poems and stories that are realized in video, computer-mediated animation or graphics. Students work in labs with professionals in computer graphics and publishing, language arts and word processing, computer animation, and video production. A final, fifth semester portfolio class capitalizes on cumulative skills and yields a home page a newsletter and a multimedia presentation. This study examines student development of literacies and computer skills as they effect school performance and prepare them for the electronic arts workplace.


Betts, J.D. (2000). Multimedia/Multiliteracy: The multimedia arts education program. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2000--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 112-117). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 13, 2022 from .