Multimedia Students Gain ‘Real Life’ Experience

Twelve first year multimedia students studying Multimedia Technology and Design at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts visited Ripplevale School in Deal, an independent special school catering for the needs of boys between 7-16 years old who have statement of special educational needs. The visit was part of a practical assignment on the Interaction Design module which focuses on creating rich user experiences online.

Gemma Stannard, one of the students who visited the school, commented ‘visiting Ripplevale school was a great opportunity because it helped bring our projects to life. It helped me realise what it might be like working with clients in the workplace, and it will be interesting seeing how the visit will influence the website design.’

Ania Bobrowicz, the module convener, believes that encouraging students to work on real life projects involving the local community is an essential part of experiential learning which combines the development of practical multimedia skills with raising awareness.

Simon Peachey was impressed with the school’s surroundings ‘the place was beautiful – a lovely old grade 2 listed building. The teachers and staff were really nice and had a real passion for the place. I managed to obtain lots of information that will help greatly towards the website and I hope the finished product will be as great as the school itself.’