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Week 1: Introductions

Welcome to Multimedia and Graphics for Deeper Learning. I am excited to share what I have learned about making multimedia and graphics more effective for student learning. I am also eager to learn from your experiences and knowledge of multimedia for learning.

Much of what I will present here is based upon the research of Richard E. Mayer, Ruth Colvin Clark, and collaborators. While I tend to agree with most of their findings, you may have different opinions. Feel free to courteously disagree with any ideas in a constructive manner.

P2PU Philosophy


  • Peer Learning Community - While I will provide learning resources, participants should feel free to share resources they have found valuable in their practice. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other and I hope to learn from you as well.  
  • Open Sharing - Content in this course and on P2PU is openly licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). That means whatever you contribute on the site can be shared with others as long as they attribute the source.
  • Customized Learning - You own your learning, so steer your learning to meet your needs. If you have questions or needs - post them on the Activity Wall or whereever appropriate in the class.


P2PU Tips


  • Activity Wall - This is a good place to post general questions.
  • You will get notifications by email indicating activity in the course such as posting comments, new materials, etc. You may find you are getting too much email. You can control which messages are sent to you by going to: My P2PU --> Edit Profile --> Notifications and toggle some categories of messages off.
  • Some tasks in this course can be edited by participants. If you have corrections or something important to add, click the Edit button and make your contributions. Anything you do can be undone.
  • We will use tools on the P2PU site, as well as others. Some links will bring you off the site to other online resources. If you have a useful resource, feel free to add it by editing the task, or adding it via comments.


Course Conventions


The following icon will indicate a task to be completed:


This icon represents multimedia content:


This icon represents additional relevant  materials:



  • Update your profile - (My P2PU --> Edit Profile) include relevant information about yourself, including your particular interests and areas of expertise. Include an image of yourself.
  • Post a comment (Post Comment--upper right hand side) on this task to introduce yourself with information about what you teach and where, along with any interests or broad goals for the course.
  • Click on the icons of other participants to get to know your peers in the course. Consider collaboration opportunities.

Task Discussion

  • Andrew   April 10, 2012, 5:52 p.m.

    Hi, I am Andrew.

    I have worked with streaming media for a little over 10 years, building a windows media streaming platform in the business school I work at. I also have some experience with designing teaching spaces (classroom A/V suited for in-person and remote teaching).

    I am also a doctoral student in education and will soon start my dissertation about online learning, specifically with assessment.

    I am hoping to broaden my understanding of teaching and learning through multimedia, with specific interest on use of such techniques in online learning.

    Nice to be with all of you!

  • karen   April 11, 2012, 11:31 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Andrew   April 10, 2012, 5:52 p.m.

    Welcome! Sounds like you have great background and an interesting road ahead. Looking foward to learning with you.

  • Liz Renshaw   March 14, 2012, 12:59 a.m.

    Hi There


    I'm Liz and I am interested in taking some time to think about how multimedia and graphics might be effective integrated into some online resources that I am starting to develop. I'll be using Moodle as the platform but really would like to move beyond the simpler media activiites that I currently use. I am also doing some work in Digital storytelling 10 with Jim Groom, so that has awakened my curiousity as to different creative options that could be possible activities. Looking forward to learning and sharing with others...

  • karen   March 14, 2012, 10:40 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Liz Renshaw   March 14, 2012, 12:59 a.m.

    That's excellent, Liz. Did you hear about P2PU through DS106? I am friends with Alan and Jim, but haven't leaped into DS106 yet (except as an interested observor.)

  • Steve O'Connor   March 15, 2012, 4:26 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Liz Renshaw   March 14, 2012, 12:59 a.m.

    Hi Liz--

    I think you will find some of the ideas presented in this course helpful. Principles put forth in this course apply to all forms of multimedia, whether in person or online. Moodle is a great platform!



  • Liz Renshaw   March 16, 2012, 2:28 a.m.
    In Reply To:   karen   March 14, 2012, 10:40 a.m.

    Hi There


    I'm on the edges of DS106 doing what I can manage each week. Open courses are great for getting your toes in the water. I would certainly go 'around' again in DS106 and expand my skills further. It's a bit of leap of faith but I wanted to start working in some different ways, developing some creative skills which I hope to bring to the use of multimedia/graphics. Some fantastic tasks which are certainly adaptable to any learning situation. Leap in......... when you get a window. Heaps of fun.

    Got started on P2PU because I'm perpetually curious and 'found it'. Just completed the Networked Teacher on P2pU

  • karen   March 10, 2012, 2:33 p.m.

    Hi, I'm Karen. I took this course last year and learned a ton from it. I'm back this time to refresh and to see what I can learn from others.

  • Rayna   Feb. 4, 2012, 3:09 a.m.

    Hi I'm Rayna, I teach beginners Japanese and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE).

    I hope to use multimedia more critically and effectively in the classroom so that my students and myself are getting the most out of it. I think multimedia is immensely useful in SOSE, but I'm still seeking methods and resources for its use in language teaching.

  • Steve O'Connor   Feb. 5, 2012, 2:58 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Rayna   Feb. 4, 2012, 3:09 a.m.

    Welcome Rayna!

    I hope you find the class valuable. I've worked hard to condense and make the materials covered easily accessible. I will be redoing the audio and perhaps make other changes to the multimedia within the class before we get stated.

    The ideas covered here will be useful in any content area. With luck, perhaps you will find someone else in the course with similar interests and find an opportunity to collaborate!