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Final Project Proposal

Working Title: Multimedia Development for Language Courseware
Name: Susan Lulee
E-mail Address: susanlulee@gmail.com
Date: 10-04-06
Course and Section: EDTEC 541, Module 6

Problem, Need, or Opportunity

Multimedia development has been taught in classrooms for several years in Taiwan. Traditionally, the instructors give out reading materials, present exemplary courseware, and evaluate the assignment projects that students complete through the period. The problem is, it takes too much time for face to face, one by one discussion and presentation. Usually, the instructors have to cut off the discussion before the discussion is well completed. Also, quite a number of students are lurking during the discussions and it’s difficult for the instructors to get all students engaged in learning, give equal and enough opportunity to speak for everyone, so that he or she could find out and remedy the weakness of teaching strategy on time, and stimulate deeper thinking through multiple methods according to students’ learning style. The website I propose here is a supplementary to face-to-face instruction. It puts reading materials and audio or video clips that are required by the course together; it also directs students to conference room and discussion forum in time through hyperlinks while it posting the most updated schedule for assignments delivery. The website should be considered as part of the complete course package.

Although the website could not stand alone without complementing with interaction and communication systems or tools, the website play the core role to concord all learning and teaching activities and improve the effectiveness of learning. Most of all, the solution meet the realistic situation of Taiwan where many higher education campuses haven’t been equipped with expensive LMS like Blackboard yet and instructors have to integrate several different techniques to vitalize their online courses.

Audience

The course website is developed for language major students or teachers who are interested in developing multimedia courseware. They are 20 to 30 years old, university graduated, with one or more years of teaching experience, and have learned basic computer skills, such as typing, accessing internet, using office software, and communicating through e-mail.

Users Needs

I had discussion forums with the professor whom I am going to co-instruct the blending course with, one technician who will be the web administrator, and two prospect learners. They expected the course website could:

      1. Learners will not be requested to install specific software except Windows, internet access, and most popular software such as Microsoft Word.
      2. Clear in structure and easy to locate the information that learners need.
      3. Easy to link with the discussion tool.

To serve these needs, the website will be a regular web pages that do not require for price plug-ins; the navigation system will include a site map and the course site will be linked to an open source CMS that provides convenient discussion tool.

Environment

Our school will provide a multimedia lab with all necessary software for the course so that every two learners could have one computer to use in face-to-face class. For working on assignments, learners will have to use their own computers. According to pre-survey, 90% of learners have personal computer at home, so it won't be a problem. One on campus instructor will guide learners through the initial stage until learners can master the skills to participate the course.

Resources and Limitations

There are three instructors, one on campus, the other two from distance. Instructors will write the text for web pages by themselves and use public resources by linking to certain web pages. No copyright issue will arise. The syllabus and content outline, discussion topics and assignments have been ready for uploading. Additional resources will be added before each module. The prototype will present the content structure and navigation system that shows how learners will interact with content and instructors through computer from distance during the course period however the prototype will not present complete content for each module.

General Solution

The course website will begin with course orientation and schedule. Follow by three sessions: Content Outline, Discussion, and Assignments for each module. Learners will be able access Resources page to have insight into each topic. The grading criteria for learner performance will be presented on Evaluation page clearly. Instructors will facilitate ongoing discussion and provide feedback in Forum that linked to this course website.

 

 

Produced by Susan Lulee
at the Department of Educational Technology
San Diego State University
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