CCE Theses and Dissertations


Multimedia Development Project Farming for The Future CD-ROM

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences


Getrude W. Abramson

Committee Member

Gerorge K. Fornshell

Committee Member

Eila Lamb


The goal of the dissertation was to produce a CD-ROM based visual, auditory and text resource for children and adults that provides an understanding of and appreciation for agriculture today and in the future. Research indicated a great need for addressing the concept of agricultural awareness education in a friendly environment. The outcome of the effort is Farming for the Future, a computer program that covers the major operations of a grains and oilseeds farmer in western Canada. It shows the importance of agriculture to the overall economy and the enormous potentials for this and related fields in the future. The approach taken in the development process closely adheres to the recommendations of Vaughan (1994). The development team included the doctoral candidate who served as subject area expert and project manager/editor, a graphics designer, and a programmer. The authoring system used to create the navigational control through the content was Authorware v2 .0. Testing was conducted throughout the development and trial implementations to ensure that objectives were being met and that the product performed as intended. Within these pages find a discussion of the project, the research, the process, the product, and plans for the future. It is the candidate's hope that this experience will be of great assistance in many ways to prospective developers of educational materials.

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