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Conference Proceeding


Professional Development@Learning Development Services, Edith Cowan University


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Psychology




This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: Pospisil, R. , & Stoney, S. B. (2003). Using multimedia elements to change student mental models of colour vision deficiency. Proceedings of the 12th Teaching and Learning Forum 2003. Joondalup, WA. Professional Development@Learning Development Services, Edith Cowan University.


The online environment offers many opportunities for students to interact with each other, with unit materials and resources, and for lecturers to inform students of issues regarding their main course of study. One of the weaknesses of teaching and learning in the online mode, however, is that lecturers have difficulty in identifying misconceptions and imperfect mental models in their students. This paper reports on a study being conducted by at Edith Cowan University in the use of small e-learning modules developed in Quicktime video to change or strengthen students' mental models - in this case their mental model of Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD), or colour blindness. Using funding from a small University grant, the authors constructed an online quiz to establish what students know about CVD, and developed a series of e-learning modules on the topic of CVD. The e-learning modules contain interviews with a colour blind person and student interviews on the impact of colour blindness in everyday life, including consideration of issues related to web site design and product marketing. It is hoped that the outcomes of the research will enable academic staff to design appropriate learning activities and create their own Quicktime based e-learning modules, using very simple technology, to inform and modify student perceptions on any given topic. We will demonstrate the process of designing and creating an e-learning module and discuss some of the possible applications of e-learning modules utilising input from students, lecturers and industry-based experts

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