LTEC 690, Spring 2018

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    Closing Learning Gaps with Differentiated Math Lessons
    ( 2018-06-09) Ng, Tiffany ; Lin, Grace
    In a multiethnic mathematics classroom, there are many different students with unique learning backgrounds and academic needs. Often in a public school, it is difficult to address individual needs with personalized attention and instruction in a classroom setting. At San Francisco International High School, a public school that serves immigrant students, teachers are often faced with the challenge of assessing all their students’ learning levels, teaching required content, and motivating each student. This daunting and seemingly impossible task might be possible with the aid of technology. This action research project studied the effects of using an online learning platform to differentiate mathematics instruction. Lessons were intended to strengthen mathematics skills of those with learning gaps and further the knowledge of those who needed to be challenged with new content. With different levels of lessons, students focused only on lessons that they needed and were able to test out of lessons in which they were already competent. The action research method was used to make observations and necessary modifications to improve the subsequent week’s lessons. Quantitative data from the teacher observation tools and module quizzes and qualitative data from the teacher journal and student reflections were collected to assess the effectiveness of these lesson based on the areas of learning mathematics, engagement, and confidence level. The research results found that differentiated learning had positive results for students’ mathematics learning, engagement, and confidence level. For future lessons, differentiation can be enhanced through incorporation of other structures and teaching strategies.
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    Environmentally Friendly Sunscreen - An Instructional Design Project
    ( 2018-04-19) Victor, Eve
    Adults living in Hawai’i are constantly exposed to sunlight. These individuals will therefore need to practice healthy skin care practices to help maintain good skin. However, many of these individuals are unaware of the harmful effects sunscreen can have on ocean life. The purpose of this instructional design project was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a curated website for adults living in Hawai’i and their attitudes about the benefits of sustainable sunscreen, as well as the impact on Hawai’i’s natural environment. Nineteen adults living in Hawai’i were exposed to a curated website created on Wix to help educate them on safe sunscreen in hopes of making environmentally friendly sunscreen choices in the future. Surveys were provided on Google Forms and collected and analyzed using Google Sheets for grouping and trends. Participants were provided time to explore the website independently or as needed with assistance. The results of the study showed high levels of information learned, and the participants found the topic important and relevant to their lives. Individuals who visit the beach frequently were motivated to make changes in the future to help with ocean preservation.
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    Training Student Workers at UH ITS Help Desk: An Instructional Design Study
    ( 2018-04-19) Pang, Rachel ; Fulford, Catherine
    The purpose of this instructional design project was to improve the orientation training and assessment of new student workers at the University of Hawaii (UH) Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk (HD). This was done by adding additional, guided instruction with practice, feedback, and formative assessment to pre-existing internal documentation (wiki). This project aimed to ensure new student hires understand policies and procedures of the help desk and understand how to read and use the wiki to reduce the number of errors in troubleshooting and workplace performance. The project also provided staff with data on student hires' understanding of policies and procedures. Student workers completed five online instructional modules in their own time during their scheduled work hours. The training was developed using Laulima and Google Forms. The purpose of using Laulima was to introduce new hires to a platform UH ITS services and Google Forms was used to survey and test students anonymously. Since the training had been substantially revised, the training was mandatory for all help desk students. Nineteen students successfully provided data for all the project components out of 33 total students. All data collected through Google Forms were summarized, analyzed, and concluded. The results showed that students displayed an increased understanding of the material and students responded positively to the instruction.
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    Dental Anesthesia Technique & Review: An Instructional Design Project
    ( 2018-04-17) Fong, Natasha A. ; Fulford, Dr. Catherine
    At the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Dental Hygiene Program, students are taught every aspect of dental hygiene. One important responsibility of the dental hygienist is successfully and safely administering local anesthesia. The aim of this project is to provide junior and senior dental hygiene students a classroom review prior to clinically administering local anesthesia on live patients. In prior years, students were required to pass three paper quizzes which tested the students’ knowledge of local anesthesia techniques and concepts. Within the last two years, faculty noticed that students were not prepared for this aspect of clinic. Observing the drastic change, this project was developed to bridge the gap by mentally and clinically preparing students to administer local anesthesia. The purpose of this instructional design project was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an online module to prepare students with basic intraoral local anesthetic techniques for a clinical setting for junior and senior dental hygiene students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Dental Hygiene Program. The curated website was created through Wix.com and includes important content and useful pictures as visuals. The project involved 38 students, all were asked to complete a demographic survey, pre-test, embedded test, post-test, and an attitudinal survey. All data collected through Google Forms, were summarized, analyzed and conclusions made. Results reflected positive outcomes, and students found the review beneficial.
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    Building of a Lifelong Ohana – Evaluating usability of an online resource site for LTEC online master’s program students
    ( 2018-04-17) Hino, Kitty C.Y.P. ; Ho, Curtis P.
    The purpose of this project was to design and evaluate an online orientation and resource site for online LTEC Master’s students to help navigate their academic journey at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, using the free LMS Canvas Instructure. Resource content was determined by consulting four LTEC faculty who are knowledgeable with the program and orientation as subject matter expert, conjointly based on the designer’s experience as the office manager and LTEC Master’s student, and frequently asked questions by LTEC students. Revisions and improvements were made to the site with feedback and rapid prototyping from three iteration of usability testings involving 11 LTEC current students and alumni. Qualitative and quantitative data from the pre and post questionnaires, usability tests, and post interview were analyzed to identify any usability issues. Based on Neilsen’s (1995) 5-level scale for rating the severity of usability problems, each problem was rated and fixed by prioritizing highest severity of the usability issue. Overall, the feedback from the usability study suggested that the orientation resource site is user friendly, easy to navigate, and will be a welcomed addition to existing support provided by the department. Usability testings proved to be an effective means to evaluate such resource site, and the data gained can be rapidly translated into improvements to optimize the user experience. A future step for this project will be to continue to gather data from its target audience, to further improve on usability and expand on the website content to better serve LTEC students.