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KMD Online Learning Materials Development Experience

We have been a pioneer of online learning in the UK, developing our own Electronic Campus or 'virtual university' as early as 1998.

The Electronic Campus covers all faculties of the university, at pre- degree, undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD level. These courses cover topics such as music, pharmacy, geography, psychology, engineering, computing, multimedia design, photography, chemistry, sport studies, economics, law, energy studies, social work and education.

The total volume of online learning materials development is 96,000 student study hours including lectures notes, activities, assessments and simulations such as a virtual wet laboratory for conducting biopharmaceutical experiments and a virtual photographic studio in which trainees can experiment with different lighting arrangements and take virtual digital photographs to assess the results.

There are now more than 3000 students per semester studying in part online.

The success of this development was recognised by the Joint Information Systems Committee award of £250,000 to develop the WebCT based Electronic Campus into a prototype Managed Learning Environment. These developments were initiated and managed by Professor Stephen Brown, who now leads Knowledge Media Design in the Faculty of Art and Design.

At the component level we use the same sort of software technologies as in epic films, such as Jurassic Park, to produce animation sequences for a wide range of promotional and educational purposes. Clients have included Tambourine Productions, producers of music and sound for television, for whom an animated logo was developed and MATV who needed live action sequences combined with computer graphics and special effects.

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