Visualization has proven to be a powerful tool that enables both concrete and abstract representations of concepts that are often difficult to teach and learn. Likewise, multimedia storytelling has emerged as an equally powerful tool for combining rich media with nonlinear presentations of complex content. The authors of this paper, from two very different fields of study (physics and visual journalism) have collaborated to develop of an interactive, multimedia teaching and learning tool for physics. This tool combines visual storytelling, animation, graphic design, and nonlinear presentation to create a digital visualization of electricity and magnetism. Based on a number of 3D animations, interactive applets, and videos focused on field theory, scalar and vector fields, electrostatics, magnetostatics, Faraday’s Law, and light, the module allows students to visualize concepts that are normally invisible to the naked eye. Additionally, the nonlinear design of the module allows students to explore and experience content in rich, interactive formats. Naturally, this project raises a number of possibilities for discussion about the future of the educational text and research related to teaching and learning with multimedia. This paper will first provide insight into how this particular text represents innovation for both physics and multimedia storytelling pedagogy by transforming how we teach the foundations of electricity and magnetism from a traditional, equation-based system to a visualization-based, multimedia experience. We’ll also share how we collaborated and discuss possibilities for future research and development related to this module.
|Keywords:||Multimedia, Interactive Text, Nonlinear Storytelling, Physics, Visual Communication, Animation, Graphic Design, Visualization|
Assistant Professor, Journalism Graphics Sequence Coordinator, Department of Journalism, Ball State University, Muncie, USA
Professor, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA
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