Hypermedia and Multimedia Technology

CSE 4461 3.0, Winter 2007

General Information

Instructor: Theophanis Tsandilas, fanis at cse.yorku.ca

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5:30pm, Health, Nursing Environmental Studies Building (HNE) 033

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-3:50pm (or by appointment), CSE 2014

Click here for a tentative course syllabus.

This page contains only basic information about the course. The course will be administered through the course wiki.


This course provides a forum in which students will investigate the concepts and technologies relevant to hypertext and hypermedia applications. Students will familiarize with up-to-date literature on hypermedia systems and actively participate in classroom discussions. The course will give a particular focus on new trends of hypermedia applications and research coming from the emergence of collaborative environments and technologies on online communities. Students will have a first-hand experience with such environments through their interaction with a wiki. They will use the wiki to contribute to the understanding of issues relevant to the course material, work on collaborative tasks, and participate in class discussions.

The course will begin with a review of the historical roots of hypertext and expand to various topics and applications including design methodologies, usability issues, empirical studies, digital libraries, information retrieval, adaptive hypermedia, the Semantic Web, collaborative authoring and wikis, blogging, ubiquitous hypermedia, hypermedia storytelling, and copyright issues. Course readings will focus on design and usability aspects of hypermedia. However, discussion in class will be adapted to the students' interests and expertise and will expand to various technical issues as well as social implications of hypermedia applications.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the issues concerning the meaning of the terms hypertext and hypermedia.
  2. Identify the characteristics of hypertext and hypermedia applications and distinguish them from other software applications.
  3. Access and understand the research literature on hypertext and hypermedia and describe the main research challenges and trends in this area.
  4. Use hypermedia environments to participate in collaborative tasks.
  5. Work on the design, implementation, and evaluation of hypermedia applications.

Last updated: Jan 2, 2007