what do we do?
MATTER is the world-leading provider of computer based learning (CBL) software for materials science, engineering and related disciplines.
To achieve this, we concentrate on getting the most out of the interactive potential of the computer.
This means giving users the power to explore concepts, processes, objects or relationships. This can be done through interactive simulation or experiments - giving users control of the "input parameters" and letting them observe the results - cause and effect. We also include many self-assessment questions and exercises, whereby the user can test their understanding and progress as they go along. Glossary entries and hyperlinks as benefits the educational content of the particular resource are also included.
Dumping a set of the lecture notes or a chapter of a book onto a CD-ROM or web site, adding a few fancy graphics and occasional mouse-sensitive pop-ups is NOT what we are about - we leave that to others!
The essential ingredients
Over the years, we have come to recognise that three vital "ingredients" are required to create successful CBL software. These are:
Since 1995, MATTER has used a software development protocol based closely on what might be regarded an "industry standard".
identify personnel, overall project aims
As the production of a good storyboard is key to a successful outcome, we have prepared an online Guide for Storyboard Authors.
If you are interested in working with MATTER, or would simply like to find out more about our current activities, you can find our contact details here.
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