LTEC 690, Spring 2019

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    Motivating Programming Learners through Game Development
    ( 2019-08-10) Togashi, Genta ; Lin, Grace
    This study aims to promote learners’ motivation for computer programming through game development. Motivation toward computer programming is key to academic success for prospective Computer Science (CS) students. Students will learn effectively if they are motivated, and they will be able to maintain their motivation if they have the confidence to achieve their goals (Jenkins, 2001). Game development is an ideal programming topic for motivating new programming learners. The purpose of this instructional design project was to design and evaluate a game development-based module to provide a motivational introductory programming experience for undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A coding module platform to support live editing and a preview of a JavaScript 2D-game was developed using Wordpress, Phaser, and Ace. A series of instructional screencasts was integrated into the coding module platform. John Keller’s Attention, Relevance, Confidence, Satisfaction (ARCS) model was used for the design of the instructional module and survey instruments. An online module evaluation was conducted with 19 participants, and survey and module usage data were collected. The results indicated overall increases in motivation and confidence levels and the positive impacts of using the module. The record also implied a potential link between the increase in learners’ knowledge and their confidence levels after working on the module. These results guided the research for further improvement of the instructional module.
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    Web-based CALL Process Writing Tools Website: A Usability Study
    ( 2019-04-18) Peters, Joseph ; Fulford, Catherine
    Many English as a Second Language (ESL) learners need help writing. Learners prefer to get as much feedback and guidance with their writing as possible. However, teachers are overwhelmed and often do not focus on errors that do not interrupt communication. Web-based Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) tools can provide learners with additional feedback and scaffolding. These tools can empower adult learners, allowing them to create and check their own work. A website was developed, on WIX, to provide Web-based automated e-learning, or CALL, writing tools to supplement adult learners to engage in each stage of the writing process. The purpose of this usability study was to evaluate the navigation and satisfaction of content presentation of the site. Qualitative and quantitative data collection included a pre-questionnaire for collecting demographic information; three think-aloud interview rounds, each with 6 to 7 participants; a retrospective post-survey. Revisions were made after each iteration based on the result and following Nielsen’s Severity Rating for Usability Problems to guide the selection of issues to address. The results of the study revealed a favorable reception of the website and its contents. Future revision and improvements in presentation and content for this project could further improve this project.
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    Motivating English as a Foreign Language Teachers to Cultivate Intercultural Competence through an Online Module: An Instructional Design Project
    ( 2019-05-09) Wu, Yu Chieh ; Fulford, Catherine
    Most teaching pedagogies in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes focused on enhancing students’ linguistic skills rather than exploring how cultures or politics influenced the interpretation of the English language. To address the challenge, computer-mediated communication (CMC) tools were used to foster online intercultural communication. Attention, relevance, confidence, and satisfaction (ARCS) motivational design model and critical pedagogy were used in developing this online professional development module. To cultivate EFL teachers’ intercultural competence, this language and identity unit utilized multimedia resources to raise participants’ attention, news articles to relate their lived experiences, online forums to establish their confidence, and intercultural experiences to increase their satisfaction. Data was collected from 16 EFL teachers’ questionnaires, online comments, and interviews. It was found that task attractiveness and online environment were factors that motivated participants to become critically literate. Current research only reveals a partial view of motivation, and thus long-range research would be worthwhile to investigate how cultural dynamics within groups may influence online communication.
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    Vigle: A Visual Graphical Learning Module on Optical Character Recognition
    (TCC Conference, 2019, 2019-04-18) Rao, Umesh ; Ho, Curtis
    Students of the Arts and Humanities use OCR to convert scanned images of old text (pre-1800 AD). They need to know how digital text is extracted from the scanned image. Thanks to cell phones and images captured with them, understanding this is useful for everybody. The processing steps employed by a typical OCR software are, in order, Binarization, Deskew, Segmentation, Character Segmentation and Character Recognition. In this research project, a standalone asynchronous visual graphical learning environment (VIGLE) on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) was developed. Constructivist learning strategy was employed. The learning module was integrated into a website that works on mobile. The project attempts to generalize the instruction so that it is useful for everybody. Latest web technology was used for the implementation to achieve one stop interface, browser compatibility, responsive window sizing and interactive visual content. Binarization, Deskew and Segmentation modules were implemented in the time available. The VIGLE consists of a graphical representation and a visual interface to the lessons. Results show that the participants found both the graphical representation and the visual interface helpful. They found the incomplete learning module on OCR at best moderately useful in helping them digitize text.
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    Usability Study of a Student-Centered Career Resource Website for Faculty and Staff
    ( 2019-05-10) Hobbs, Hōkū ; Ho, Curtis
    What do you want to be when you grow up? That ten-word question resonates in the mind of a child. It is asked by an influencer such as a parent, coach, friend, mentor, and educator. More often than not University of Hawaiʻi Maui College (UHMC) campus support services and course instructors are approached by students unsure of their major or future career choice. It is okay to be uncertain, but time and money are considered significant costs associated with these types of ambiguities. The internet provides an abundance of career-related tools and resources, yet lacks streamlined access, campus-specific essentials, and cultural components. The purpose of this usability study was to evaluate a website of self-assessment tools and career-related resources for UHMC faculty and staff who actively assist students in career exploration, planning, and decision-making. Principles of instructional design and multimedia learning were incorporated during the website design and implementation process. Following rounds one and two of usability testing, revisions were made to the prototype based on participant feedback. Adjustments contributed to decreased response times for eight of ten total tasks completed during round three. Overall responses indicate positive user experience including the application of the website as a resource tool.
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    Online Collaboration to Facilitate Instruction of Diagnostic Medical Coding (ICD-10-CM): The effects of collaboration on asynchronous learners in MEDA 271
    ( 2019-05-09) Dorado, Mae ; Dorado, Mae
    Abstract: The Medical Assistant should be competent in assigning diagnostic codes (ICD-10-CM) from medical documentation to keep up with changing regulation, ensure appropriate reimbursement, and contribute to improved revenue flow for the health care practice. Students in Kapi’olani Community College’s Medical Assistant Program (MEDA) can achieve competence and work toward an Associate’s Degree in Science by completing MEDA 271: Coding for Physician’s Office. In this action research, using Constructivism and Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction, I learned through repetitive emphasis of diagnostic coding concepts, with engagement and collaboration of experiences, that students learn effective coding strategies through practice and feedback regardless of learners attending synchronously or asynchronously. Delivering the course via Zoom, giving students attendance options, and using Google Docs to engage students with collaborative coding practice, encourages confidence and successful coding skill to attempt the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Professional Medical Coding Certification (PMCC) Exam. Eventually the goal is to increase the number of students in the course which contribute to increasing the number students in the Associate's Degree Track by: 1) targeting students from the Certificate of Achievement Track, 2) recruiting MEDA graduates, who are employed, and 3) recruiting experienced healthcare professionals to take the course thus overall addressing the State’s shortage of Certified Medical Assistants and Certified Professional Coders.
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    Educators & The Judiciary History Center Website
    ( 2019-05-09) Davis, Reginald ; Fuldord, Catherine
    The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center (the Center) was designed to help the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary in its efforts to promote civic education for the public. The Center recognizes that field trips are an important part of learning that can deepen and enhance classroom study of civics-related matters. Through school tours of the Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court and First Circuit Court, the Center seeks to help the Judiciary fulfill its mission. The Center also provides classroom educational resources for teachers in the state, as well as professional development opportunities for Social Studies educators to promote civic engagement. A primary way that educators are made aware of the Center’s efforts are through its website. The Centers website is also used by local people and tourist to find information on the historic building within which the Center is housed – Aliʻiōlani Hale. This usability study was conducted to improve the ease of use of the Center’s website for educators seeking to engage with the Hawaii State Judiciary. The data generated has helped in crafting a website design the is functional and aesthetically pleasing.
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    Ke Au Hou: Instructional Design for Online Hawaiian Language Course Module
    ( 2019-05-09) Lono, Kahealani ; Lin, Meng-Fe
    As technology advances, computer assisted language learning has been made available in most languages and an increasing number of universities have been offering online language classes. Second language acquisition research has advanced as well and the use of certain technology tools can assist a student with acquiring a language and can blend very well with online language classes. This could contribute to a new way of acquiring a second language and as the popularity of online classes grow, more students are appreciating the benefits of online learning. With that being said, the purpose of this instructional design project is to develop and evaluate one complete module in the Canvas learning management system that will align to chapter 3 of the Ka Lei Haʻaheo Hawaiian language teaching textbook. This paper will speak to the instructional design of this course module and the module will later be evaluated to measure student satisfaction with aesthetics as well as content learning. Results of this measurement showed improvement from the pretest to the posttest as well as very good attitudinal results. This module will serve as a reference point for further modules needed to complete an entire Hawaiian 101 course.
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    HI Mommy Website - A Usability Study
    ( 2019-05-08) Senoren, Routhie Ann ; Ho, Curtis
    Moms of newborns may experience emotional, physical, and mental fatigue due to the demands of motherhood. Importance is placed on caring for the baby that moms tend to overlook the fact that they need to also take care of themselves. Moms search for postnatal care information which are readily available to them, especially online, however, moms do not search for information on postpartum self-care, are even aware of what it is, and its importance to their overall health as a mom, spouse, and friend. The purpose of this usability study was to create and evaluate the ease-of-use of and satisfaction of available content provided on the HI Mommy website. The website provides suggestions for self-care activities that O’ahu moms can do at home and outside of the house, with or without the baby. The website was developed using Wix, a cloud-based development platform. The design of the website was guided by Gestalt principles and best practices for web designers as suggested by Susan Weinschenk on the psychology of design. The usability study recruited 10 participants who gauged the navigability of the website and the value of its content. Verbal feedback during the study and results from data collected via post-surveys indicated that participants agreed or strongly agreed that the website was easy to use and were satisfied with the available information.
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    Holomua Elementary Kokua Website- Usability Study
    ( 2019-05-08) Kanetani, Ryan ; Ho, Curtis
    The professional relationship between teachers and parents is key when promoting a positive academic and social journey for students. The foundation of this relationship starts and is fostered during the child’s early childhood years. With technology also becoming increasingly more prevalent in society, there is no reason why information can’t be readily available on all connected devices. The use of websites to keep both parents and teachers involved will revolutionize how we think of increasing and maintaining a positive academic and professional relationship between all members of the school team. The Holomua Kokua Program will assist Holomua’s preschool teachers to initiate and foster the relationship between teachers and parents. This was accomplished by providing a “one stop shop” website that parents can access anytime, anywhere for information and resources. The usability study of this website included participants who are current and past preschool parents and other teachers. They have evaluated the website’s navigability and judged the richness of the content provided. With the testing data, changes were made to the final website has been a culminating work in progress. The website is now a working and functional website with all the key design components, and includes many tools to help and assist in navigation and usability.