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Purpose of Media

Purpose of Media

Discover different media types to tell your story.

This table is designed to make more effective use of media. This overview is a collaboration between Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and the NewMedia Centre (NMC). There are two main purposes to this sheet:

  1. To inspire course creators, teachers and education staff with different examples of media. The different examples can be filtered on media type (e.g. video, text, animation etc.) or course part (introduction, content etc.). To clarify the examples you can look at the possible purpose for your story and look for a suitable media type.
  2. To give an estimation on the required effort. Based on previous experiences, an estimation is made on the effort to create a certain product yourself (DIY) or to start a project at the NewMedia Centre (Project size NMC). You can use this estimation to make more informed decisions on the required effort.

If you require a more detailed estimation, please contact the NMC with your wishes and requirements.

How this document works

Below you find all the different examples for different media types, course parts and when you click on the row, an estimation for the effort. Use the filter options on top of that page to find the relevant examples for your purpose.

The estimations for effort and project size are by approximation. Makes sure you are up to date on the facilities of your own faculty and the NewMedia Centre before you decide.
Part Possible purposeMedia typesExample 1Example 2Example 3Effort for DIYProject size estimation for NMCLinks to source
Introduction course (e.g. trailer)Course startShowcase fictional solutionAnimation 2D: Vector-based, hand drawnAnimationScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 11.21.12Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 11.24.30Moderate - Challenging★★
Introduction course (e.g. trailer)Course startShowcase fictional solutionAnimation 3D: CGI, Computer-animationAnimationScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 12.45.22Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 12.46.08Not recommended★★★
Introduction course (e.g. trailer)Course startBring in a target audienceTextTextScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 12.47.24Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 12.48.08Very easy-
Introduction course (e.g. trailer)Course startShowcase subjectVideo (location)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.50.54Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.52.29Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.51.48Moderate - Challenging
Introduction course (e.g. trailer)Course startPromote the courseVideo (trailer / promotional)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.53.42Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.54.03Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.54.25Challenging★★★
Timeline of a course or gradingCourse startGive detailed informationGrading Image (with specific dates)ImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.59.20Very easy-
Timeline of a course or gradingCourse startGive a large portion of information at onceInteractive imageImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.05.08Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.05.39Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.06.01Moderate★★1. Expeditiewikipedia.nl
3. www.canonvannederland.nl
Timeline of a course or gradingCourse startProvide overviewImage (no specific dates)ImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.57.58Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.58.46Very easy-
Inform learners of objectivesCourse startGive detailed informationTextTextScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.00.08Very easy-
Introduction ModuleStart of moduleInform about expectationsWritten textTextScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.55.23Very easy-
Introduction ModuleStart of moduleShow overview of moduleInteractive imageImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.56.53Moderate1. Skill circuits
Gain attention / SparkStart of moduleGrab visual attentionImageImageFraming_a_poolVery easy
Gain attention / SparkStart of moduleTrigger a thoughtQuoteTextScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.31.35Very easy-
Gain attention / SparkStart of moduleInspire learners to thinkVideo with questionVideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.33.03Moderate
Gain attention / SparkStart of moduleInspire learners with real examplesVideo (studio)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.38.55Easy
Gain attention / SparkStart of moduleInspire learners with a different environmentVideo (on location)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.42.55Moderate - Challenging
Gain attention / SparkStart of moduleInspire learners with a different environmentVideo (AR)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.43.45Not recommended★★★
Gain attention / SparkStart of moduleInspire learners with a different environment360 photo360 degreesScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.44.51Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.45.03Not recommended★★1. Pulse 360 Tour
2. Water Treatment Plant 360 Tour
Stimulate recall of prior knowledgeStart of moduleRecap and highlightsVideo (compilation)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.47.44Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.48.08Moderate
Stimulate recall of prior knowledgeStart of moduleProvide a summaryVideo (Talking head)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.49.00Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.49.23Easy
Stimulate recall of prior knowledgeStart of moduleTrigger prior knowledgeQuizOtherScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.50.01Very easy-
Stimulate recall of prior knowledgeStart of moduleShow background informationHyperlink elsewhere (OER)OtherScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.50.45Very easy-1. TU Lib website
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentTransfer informationVideo (Talking head / studio)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.52.07Easy
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentTransfer informationVideo (Talking head / animation)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.55.51Moderate ★★★
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentTransfer informationVideo (Screencast - Powerpoint & Words)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.59.23Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.59.02Easy
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentTransfer informationVideo (Location)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.01.38Moderate - Challenging
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentProvide overviewVideo (Animation)AnimationScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.02.41Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.03.06Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.03.26Challenging★★
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentShowcase a real life situationVideo (Documentary)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.07.46Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.08.06Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.08.30Not recommended★★
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentShow process or calculationVideo (Document camera)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.09.34Moderate
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentShow process or calculationVideo (Glass plate / Smartboard)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.10.24Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.11.00Moderate -
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentBring theory to life with expertWebinarLiveScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.12.58Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.13.26Easy
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentBring theory to life with expertPodcastAudioScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.15.31Easy1. Design Theory and Methodology 2021 Podcast
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentGive detailed informationTextTextScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.17.16Very easy-1. Transform Learning: 8 steps to digital storytelling
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentGive overviewInfographicImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.06.01Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.20.07Moderate ★★1. Canon of the Netherlands, an interactive timeline
2. Butterfly diagram presentation.pdf
Transfer theoretical knowledgeContentGive overviewVideo (Slideshow)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.21.34Easy
Rules and procedures (step-by-step)ContentExplore rules/stepsInteractive imagesImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.30.44Challenging★★★1. Judo Rules
Rules and procedures (step-by-step)ContentShow an overview of the rulesInfographicImageEngMath_DifferentialEq_NumericalSolution_Duffin_02Moderate ★★
Rules and procedures (step-by-step)ContentShow an overview of the rulesVideo (Animation)AnimationScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.33.44Moderate ★★
Rules and procedures (step-by-step)ContentExplore rules/stepsVideo (Screencast)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.35.20Very easy
Rules and procedures (step-by-step)ContentExplore rules/stepsVideo (AR)AR/VRScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.36.01Not recommended★★★
Rules and procedures (step-by-step)ContentTouch surface of many topicsPodcastsAudioScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.38.40Very easy
Rules and procedures (step-by-step)ContentHeuristicsVideo (Interactive video - what would you do)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.39.40Challenging★★★1. Delirium Experience, more information
Example / case ContentShow the real enviromentVideo (Location)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.41.13Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.43.41Moderate - Challenging
Example / case ContentShow the real enviromentVideo (Animation)AnimationScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.44.26Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.46.02Moderate - Challenging★★
Example / case ContentShow the real enviromentVideo (360 video)360 degreesScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 15.45.03Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.48.43Not recommended★★1. Water treatment plant 360 tour
2. Google Arts and culture project
Example / case ContentTell what happens in the real environmentVideo (Interview)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.50.51Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.51.25Moderate - Challenging
Example / case ContentComplement a written descriptionImagesImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.53.42Framing_a_poolVery easy
Example / case ContentDescribe a caseTextTextScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.54.36Very easy-1. Download the case study
Example / case ContentActively engage with an example / caseInteractive imageImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.57.00Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.57.56Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.58.57Challenging★★1. Interactive Image
2. Rail Joints
3. Image Hotspot
Example / case ContentSimulationVideo (VR/AR)AR/VRScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.00.53Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.01.25Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.01.55Not recommended★★★
Example / case ContentHeuristicsVideo (Interactive video - what would you do)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 16.39.40Challenging★★★1. Delirium Experience, more information
Example / case ContentRelate to meaningful contextPodcast (interview)AudioScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.04.17Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.03.37Easy1. Generative Design
Example / case ContentRelate to meaningful contextVideo (Interview)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.08.00Moderate - Challenging
Example / case ContentRelate to meaningful contextVideo (High-end VR)AR/VRScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.08.34Not recommended★★★
Example / case ContentRelate to meaningful contextPodcastAudioScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.04.17EasyDesign Discover Podcast
Demonstration / TutorialContentShow how something worksVideo (Screencapture)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.12.15Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.12.57Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.14.05Easy
Demonstration / TutorialContentShow how something worksVideo (Studio with attributes)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.15.18Challenging
Demonstration / TutorialContentShow how something worksVideo (Document / product camera)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.16.09Moderate
Demonstration / TutorialContentExperience though simulationVideo (VR)AR/VRScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.17.11Screen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.08.34Not recommended★★★
Demonstration / TutorialContentImmerse in a situation for understandingVR/ARAR/VRScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.18.48Moderate - Challenging★★★
Demonstration / TutorialContentImmerse in a situation for understandingVideo (360 video)360 degreesScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 17.27.53Not recommended★★
Demonstration / TutorialContentShow how something worksVideo (location)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.37.04Screen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.37.30Screen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.37.54Moderate - Challenging
Demonstration / TutorialContentShow how something works over a long period of timeVideo (timelapse)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.40.16Challenging★★
Demonstration / TutorialContentDiscover how something worksWeb appsOtherScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.42.19Screen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.42.26Not recommended★★★1. Applet Complex Geometry
2. Applet Fractions
Demonstration / TutorialContentDiscover how something worksSimulationsOtherScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.44.37Not recommended★★★1. Physlet Physics
Demonstration / TutorialContentDiscover how something worksGameOtherScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.47.10Screen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.51.47Not recommended★★★1. Adaptive Planning Game
2. Railway strategy game
Introduction to an assignmentAssignmentExplain the detailsTextTextScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.54.33Very Easy-
Introduction to an assignmentAssignmentProvide clarification (in addition to text)ImagesImagesScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.55.59Very Easy
Introduction to an assignmentAssignmentSupport tool for assignmentWeb appOtherScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 10.58.40Not recommended★★★1. Rail time scheduling applet
Introduction to an assignmentAssignmentProvide an example on what to doVideo (Talking head)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.03.27Easy
Assessment and gradingAssignmentExplain detailsTextTextVery easy-
Assessment and gradingAssignmentShow overviewImagesImageScreen Shot 2021-12-23 at 14.59.20Very easy
Assessment and gradingAssignmentShow overview or explain detailsNo video!OtherNot recommended-
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackVideo (VR - created by students)AR/VRno examples privacyChallenging★★★
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackVideo (MIxed)AR/VRScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.06.46Moderate - Challenging★★
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackVideo (On location)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.07.51Moderate - Challenging
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackVideo (Document camera)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.17.23Screen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.16.50Easy
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackVideo (Studio)VideoScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.18.17Moderate
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackWebinarLiveno examples privacyEasy
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackTextTextVery easy-
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackSlideshowOtherno examples privacyEasy
Provide feedbackFeedbackProvide feedbackPodcastAudiono examples privacyEasy
Interactive TextbookOtherVarious purposesMultimediaOtherScreen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.20.18Screen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.20.091. Open Solid State Notes
2. Environmental Toxicology, an open online textbook


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