Using Macromedia Flash to create online information skills materials at Edinburgh University Library
Jones, Richard D
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Growth in electronic information services, pressure on staff resources and developments in the area of electronic learning have resulted in a need for online information skills delivery. Edinburgh University Library has developed some simple animated tutorials using Macromedia Flash to support use of a number of library services. The process of planning, creating and evaluating the modules is described, and the need to consider issues of accessibility, usability and pedagogy is emphasised. Technical aspects of design and documentation are considered. We conclude that it is important to consider the cost and time involved in even a modest exercise of this nature, but that the Flash software makes it very achievable, given an initial investment in development time and training.