This seminar will examine the design approaches possible with modern views of learning and the outcomes being achieved. It will speculate that new types of design dialogues are important if the products developed are to effectively combine the skills of both the educationalist and the technical expertise of other members of the development team. In the design process while most models focus on the learning task, with interactive environments it is how the user or learner will undertake the task with the tools and functionality built into the software that is more important for creating motivation and engagement. Consideration of the role of the learner as an actor in the interaction can be a useful organising framework for designing ncounters.
Professor Hedberg is a Director of the Interactive Multimedia Learning Laboratory in the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong with primary responsibility for the Information Technology program within the Faculty. He has written and edited numerous books and articles in the area of instructional design, adult education and training, educational technology and policy implications of new technologies in education. He is currently the editor-in-chief elect for the journal Educational Media International. He has been involved as an instructional designer on many media and computer-based teaching materials, including Ask the Workers� the first interactive videodisc designed to teach career education in Australian Schools. He was the executive producer for the Australia on CD project StageStruck: Theatre Interactive which won a number of multimedia awards including the 1998 Gold EMMA (European Multimedia Award) and the 1998 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Interactive Treatment award. Dr Hedberg consults in the area of training needs assessments, evaluation systems, instructional design and information technology. He has undertaken major contracts locally, with government departments and firms such as Digital Equipment Corporation, BHP, Commonwealth Bank, Optus, Telstra, Coopers and Lybrand, as well as several projects in the United States and Southeast and Northern Asia. He has been the principal consultant on several Web-based learning projects, including a training site for BHP, the development of an online postgraduate curriculum for the University of Wollongong, Faculty of Education with CUTSD funding and course designer for the Master of Education Program delivered over the Web into Hong Kong.