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Unit 4: Creating a digital showcase (LEVEL 3) Learning outcomes By completing this unit candidates will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the process and practice of developing an interactive multimedia product to showcase an event or situation. Candidates will produce evidence to meet the unit assessment objectives in order to show that they understand how to: •

specify requirements

design a solution

create and edit multimedia elements

optimise multimedia elements for use in the target environment

author an interactive multimedia product

test and review a preliminary version in order to produce the final product.

It is anticipated that a candidate will require 60 guided learning hours to complete this unit. Assessment objectives

Knowledge, understanding and skills

1 Specify project requirements

Produce a specification of requirements, eg:

2 Design a solution

3 Create and edit multimedia elements

intended audience

purpose of the product

main topics and key features

conditions/scenarios in which it will be used and any usage constraints that need to be taken into account

success criteria

Design to include: •

interface design eg screen layout, use of colour and fonts, navigation icons

structure and navigation eg hierarchical, web or mesh

script and storyboard each section indicating timings where relevant

interactive elements

Produce and/or source multimedia elements, eg: •

create, format and edit text

create drawings, diagrams and charts

take digital pictures, scan images and retrieve clip art

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Knowledge, understanding and skills

3 Cont

edit and retouch images

create animation(s)

record and edit sounds

record and edit video clips

Create and edit multimedia elements

Apply sound and video effects and transitions Investigate copyright of information found Acknowledge sources 4 Optimise multimedia elements

Optimise multimedia elements, eg: •

dimensions

compression

resolution

frame rate

file format(s)

Export sound and video clips in suitable file formats 5 Author an interactive multimedia product

6 Use the results of testing and feedback to produce the final version

Create an appropriate interactive non-linear multimedia product, eg: •

use a range of multimedia elements

synchronise elements to play at specified intervals i.e. timeline

user interaction eg pause/play, menus, forms, drag and drop

multimedia effects and transitions

alternative pathways

Create a test plan and test aspects of the product, eg: •

links and pathways

proof-reading text

accurate alignment of elements

interactive features

robustness and stability of product in different conditions

Review the finished product, eg: •

seek feedback from test users using appropriate methods

obtain suggested improvements from test users

produce final version

plan changes

Implement changes 7 Create a user guide

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User guide to include •

how to install the product

how to use the product

the system requirements

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Assessment This unit is centre assessed and externally moderated. In order to achieve this unit, candidates must produce a portfolio of evidence showing that they have met all of the assessment objectives. Portfolios of work must be produced independently. They will need to be made available, together with witness statements and any other supporting documentation, to the OCR Visiting Moderator when required. Centres must confirm to OCR that the evidence produced by candidates is authentic. An OCR Centre Authentication Form is provided in the Centre Handbook and includes a declaration for assessors to sign. It is a requirement of the QCA Common Criteria for all Qualifications that proof of authentication is received.

Guidance on assessment and evidence requirements Candidates may provide portfolio evidence for this unit using a range of suitable and appropriate techniques. These may include written data, the use of video, audio presentation and slide presentation within the body of the portfolio and display evidence. Where presentations or displays have taken place for which evidence cannot be easily included within the portfolio evidence assessor testimony/witness statements must be included, signed by the assessor(s), and supported by appropriate evidence (handouts, slides etc). Centres may wish to organise a link with a local business and write an assignment accordingly. This may be useful in the early stages of the course. An OCR model assignment is available for this unit and can be downloaded from our website: www.ocr.org.uk and can also be found in the Model Assignments folder on the CD-ROM. Centres are encouraged to allow their candidates to produce a digital showcase on a topic of their own choice. Centres should, however, advise candidates as to the suitability of their proposal in meeting the assessment objectives and the Knowledge, Understanding and Skills required for this unit. Candidates are expected to author an interactive multimedia product using appropriate multimedia software eg Adobe® Flash®, Matchware Mediator, Microsoft® PowerPoint® and others. It is unlikely that candidates will satisfy the evidence requirements for this unit by using web authoring software. The multimedia product should enable the candidate to showcase an event, eg a forthcoming production or a personal portfolio, eg for a potential employer.

Assessment Objective 1 requires candidates to identify the project requirements by giving the purpose and intended users for the multimedia product to be created. They must identify the success criteria for their project, considering how they will be able to measure the effectiveness of their solution. Candidates should summarise the main topics, key messages and central themes of their intended product. They should consider the needs of the audience type and purpose of the product and explain how these have influenced content and key features of the planned product. OCR Level 3 Nationals in ICT – revised November 2008

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The product might be used in a range of scenarios by different people at different times and/or locations. Distinction candidates will identify usage constraints, ie constraints caused by where and how the product will be used, that need to be accommodated at the design stage. Evidence for this Assessment Objective is likely to be a written report. Evidence for Assessment Objective 2 should include a range of design documentation. eg structure diagram, storyboard, flowcharts, etc, that show the intended structure, content and interactivity. For higher levels candidates must show evidence of planning events that are linked to a timeline. Interactive elements to be planned must be in addition to any hyperlinks that are a necessary part of the navigation structure. Evidence for Assessment Objective 3 must clearly distinguish between the multimedia elements created by the candidate and those edited from existing sources. Whilst it is not necessary for candidates to create and edit every different type of element listed in the grading grid, they need to provide evidence of both creation and editing, across the different elements sourced. Examples of different graphic types given in the Knowledge, Understanding and Skills are drawings, diagrams, charts, digital photographs, scanned images and clip art. Written comments about copyright should be provided. Distinction level candidates will produce multimedia elements of near-professional quality. It is not necessary for candidates to specifically evidence the creation/editing of text for Assessment Objective 3, as this will be evident in the final product. However, any text that is not independently created should be acknowledged appropriately. Evidence for Assessment Objective 4 should include evidence of how candidates have optimised elements for use in their product eg image/video dimensions, compression, etc. Distinction level candidates will clearly demonstrate how their decisions meet the requirements of their final product, considering its purpose and how it is going to be distributed and run. Evidence for Assessment Objective 5 could be provided electronically. Alternatively it should include printouts of each screen, clearly annotated to show the elements used. The multimedia elements used must be those sourced and edited for Assessment Objectives 3 and 4. For higher levels candidates should create a near-professional quality multimedia product that combines multimedia elements in an appropriate and effective manner. It should be easy to navigate through the product and control playback i.e. pause/play. The multimedia product must offer the user alternative pathways through the materials, with higher-level candidates producing effective navigation systems appropriate to the product. Assessment Objective 6 requires candidates to test their completed multimedia product. Evidence should include printouts/screenshots showing the tests carried out and improvements made. Distinction candidates need to test their product in a range of different conditions. This might involve, eg, testing it from CD as well as from their hard disk/user area and/or using different screen resolutions. For the higher levels, candidates need to create a test plan and follow this to test their multimedia product. The main areas that need to be tested are listed in the Knowledge, Understanding and Skills. All candidates need to obtain feedback from test users, from which they are likely to gain ideas for possible improvements. However, the requirement to suggest improvements must be met by the candidate, not merely the test user(s). It is not necessary to identify errors in order to suggest improvements. For the higher levels, candidates need to use methods that will elicit feedback on a range of specific aspects of their products. It is not appropriate for tutors to provide candidates with feedback forms to use, as part of the assessment is the appropriateness of the forms

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produced by the candidates. Distinction candidates need to explain clearly how the changes they suggest will result in an improved final product. Evidence for Assessment Objective 7 might be a printout of the user guide. Alternatively, this might be provided electronically. The user guide must include how to install and use the product. For higher levels, candidates need also to include the system requirements.

Signposting to Key Skills 9

The unit contains opportunities for developing the Key Skill, and possibly for generating portfolio evidence, if teaching and learning is focused on that aim. Assessing staff will need to check each candidate’s evidence against the specifications to ensure all evidence requirements have been met. Additional evidence may also be required.

Key Skill reference

Key Skill

Key Skill

reference

reference

C3.1a

9

N3.1

ICT3.1

9

C3.1b

9

N3.2

ICT3.2

9

C3.2

9

N3.3

ICT3.3

9

C3.3

9

Mapping to National Occupational Standards Occupational Standards (e-skills UK)

Title

IT Users

Artwork and imaging software

IT Users

Make selective use of IT

IT Users

Operate a computer

IT Users

Presentation software

IT Users

Specialist or bespoke software

IT Professional Telecommunications

Quality management of ICT products and services

IT User (for export to other sectors)

General uses of IT

IT User (for export to other sectors)

Purposes for using IT

IT User (for export to other sectors)

Use IT software

Resources This section provides suggestions of suitable resources. The list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive, and candidates should be encouraged to gather information from a variety of sources. Some suggested resources are intended for Tutor use. The resources in this section were correct at the time of production.

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Books Chapman, N. and Chapman, J. (2004)

Digital Multimedia John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Clark, R. and Mayer, R. E. (2002)

E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning Josey Bass Wiley

Vaughan, T. (Revised edition 2007)

Multimedia: Making It Work Osborne/McGraw-Hill

Websites BBC Learning. URL:http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning Numerous examples of multimedia in action eg Computer Tutor. Multimedia Glossary. URL:http://media.ucsc.edu/glossary.html Multimedia keywords and concepts explained. Pixel2Life. URL:http://www.pixel2life.com/tutorials/Macromedia_Flash/All/ Flash Tutorials. PowerPoint Tutorials. URL:http://www.microsoft.com/education/ppt2003tutorial.mspx Creating enhanced multimedia presentations. Wikipedia. URL:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimedia Multimedia defined.

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Grading Assessment Objective

Pass

Merit

Distinction

AO1

Candidates will identify the purpose and intended users of the multimedia product, describing briefly at least one scenario in which it will be used. They will provide a basic description of the content and key features. They will identify how the audience and purpose has affected the choice of content and key features. They will provide a brief outline of points that can be used to measure the effectiveness of their final product.

Candidates will clearly describe the purpose and intended users of the multimedia product, describing in detail at least one scenario in which it will be used. They will provide a detailed description of the main topics and key features of their product. They will explain how the audience and purpose has affected the choice of content and key features. They will provide a clear set of criteria to measure the effectiveness of their final product.

Candidates will produce a clear design plan that shows how the main project requirements will be met. They will produce a clear interface design that incorporates clear navigation and structure. They will produce a clear storyboard for the product, which will include at least one interactive element.

Candidates will produce a detailed design plan that shows clearly how most of the project requirements will be met. They will produce an effective interface design that incorporates an appropriate navigation system and structure. They will produce a detailed storyboard for the product, which will include some timeline-based events and a range of interactive elements.

Candidates will describe in detail the purpose of the multimedia product and its intended users, describing fully at least one scenario in which it will be used. They will identify any usage constraints that may need to be taken into account at the design stage. They will provide a comprehensive description of the main topics and key features, and these will be consistent with the purpose. They will justify the choice of content and key features in relation to the audience and purpose. They will provide a comprehensive and realistic set of criteria to measure effectiveness of their final product. Candidates will produce a comprehensive design plan that shows clearly how all the project requirements will be met. They will produce a highly effective interface design that incorporates an appropriate navigation system and structure. They will produce a comprehensive storyboard for the product, which will fully depict a range of timeline-based events and the operation of a range of interactive elements.

Specify project requirements

AO2 Design a solution

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Pass

Merit

Distinction

AO3

Candidates will provide evidence of creating and editing appropriate graphics, at least one animation and one sound or video clip.

Candidates will provide evidence of creating and editing a range of appropriate graphics, animations and sound clips and at least one video clip. A range of graphic types will be included.

Candidates provide evidence of creating and editing a range of appropriate graphics, animations and sound clips and at least one video clip. A wide range of graphic types will be included.

They will acknowledge sources and identify the copyright of most of the components found.

They will acknowledge sources and identify the copyright of the components found.

Evidence of some optimisation for most elements will be present.

Most multimedia elements will be optimised effectively with some appropriate reasons given.

All multimedia elements will be optimised effectively with clear and valid reasons given for all decisions.

Candidates will create a multimedia product that combines a range of multimedia elements and offers alternative pathways. The navigation system might be quite simple, eg menu-driven. The product will include hyperlinks and one other interactive feature.

Candidates will create an appropriate multimedia product that combines a range of multimedia elements effectively and offers alternative pathways. The navigation system will be effective. The product will include some timelinebased events, hyperlinks and more than one other interactive feature.

Candidates will create a near-professional quality multimedia product. This will fully demonstrate the effective combination of a range of multimedia elements and will offer alternative pathways. The navigation system will be effective. The product will include a range of timelinebased events, hyperlinks and other interactive features.

Candidates will provide evidence of testing their product. They will seek and obtain feedback from at least one test user. They will suggest possible improvements that could be made to the product. At least one improvement will be incorporated into the final product.

Candidates will produce a detailed test plan and use it to test their product. They will design a feedback form and obtain feedback from several test users. They will use the results of the testing and feedback to suggest appropriate improvements to the product. Most of the planned improvements will be incorporated into the final product.

Candidates will produce a comprehensive test plan and test all aspects of their product in a range of different conditions. They will design an appropriate feedback form and obtain feedback from several test users. They will use the results of the testing and feedback to suggest appropriate improvements to the product. They will fully explain their reasons for the planned improvements. All planned improvements will be incorporated into the final product.

Create and edit multimedia elements

They will acknowledge sources and identify the copyright of some of the components found.

AO4 Optimise multimedia elements AO5 Author an interactive multimedia product

AO6 Use the results of testing and feedback to produce the final version

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All elements must be of a near-professional standard.

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Assessment Objective

Pass

Merit

Distinction

A07

Candidates will produce user documentation that includes how to install and use the product.

Candidates will produce user documentation that includes the system requirements and how to install and use the product.

Candidates will produce user documentation that makes good use of graphic images and detailed instructions for use. The guide will include the system requirements and how to install and use the product.

Create a user guide

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