, Volume 11, Issue 1–2, pp 88–103 | Cite as

Expert opinion on the future of multimedia based education

  • J. Tuckett
  • P. J. Thomas
  • S. R. Jones


Rapid advances in the domain of science and technology are having an unprecedented effect upon the provision of higher education in universities throughout the world, the pace of change often being so fast as to make planning for the development of the “classroom of the future” an extremely difficult task. The Mobile Multimedia University (MMU) project, a collaborative action between four leading UK based research facilities, has been established to investigate these issues. Included amongst its aims is the use of novel research methodologies to determine the factors which will influence the shape and form of future education provision, and thus the distribution of knowledge to society, such as mobility, telecommunications and multimedia services. This paper describes the use of a Delphi survey in predicting the technological trends and innovations which will affect university education in the near future. It describes the theory underpinning the Delphi method, illustrating this with examples of how such a technique has been successfully used in the past. It then details the specific application of the Delphi approach within the current MMU research project, detailing the preliminary results and discussing the implications of these findings for the future of universities and other institutes of higher education.


Multimedia Mobile computing Expertise Delphi study Higher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Tuckett
    • 1
  • P. J. Thomas
    • 1
  • S. R. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.The Centre for Personal Information ManagementUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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