ETEC 690, Spring 2011

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    Usability Evaluation of a Website Designed to Guide and Support Best Practices for Online Teachers
    (2011 Technology, Colleges, and Community (TCC) Worldwide Online Conference, 2011-04-12) Barry, Stephanie E. ; Eichelberger, Ariana
    Instructional and technical support is important for university faculty who teach online classes. A website was developed to provide instruction and resources for faculty who either teach or plan to teach online. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the content and organization of the site through a formative usability evaluation. Usability participants navigated the site to complete five scenarios that the target audience might encounter. Feedback was largely positive, but recommendations for improving the content and organization of the site are discussed, and apply to other entities that support online teachers.
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    Let's Do Moviemaking: An iMovie Instructional Module for Deaf Individuals
    ( 2011-04-14) Nakamoto, Brian ; Leong, Peter ; Lin, Grace
    Movie making on the computer is fun, but many deaf Macintosh users considered this difficult. Given that there are few modules that is specifically designed for the deaf Macintosh users, the module was created as a guide to help them enhance their homemade videos by using iMovie ’09, the free moviemaking application. This paper describes a study on the effectiveness of an instructional module developed to familiarize deaf individuals to three specific video editing features available in iMovie '09 on the Macintosh computer. The research indicated that few deaf individuals were aware about iMovie and its possibilities for creating a homemade video in few simple steps. The module only focused on three new features that would help enhance their efficiency in producing homemade videos with this application. Since the module lacked the short, signed instructional videos in the module, the results also indicated the value of using sign language and visual cues. Sign language and visual cues are essential for deaf individuals because the sight is their primary sense instead of hearing. Considerations about the future developments of any kind of modules and implementations of these modules were also discussed.
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    Enhancing Learning for 5th Graders by Way of Website Delivery for the Content Area of Social Studies
    ( 2011-05-04)
    Today’s 21st century learners conduct most of their lives through assisted technology outside of school. The fast paced world of technology is changing by the minute yet; students are being left behind in educational settings because of outdated methods through which they are still being taught. Schools are struggling to keep up with today’s trends and improvements to meet students’ needs. This action research project attempted to determine if a web-based delivery approach could enhance learning by improving technical skills, participation, and motivation in 5th grade students in the content area of social studies. Pre and Post unit learning reflection results indicated positive reactions from participants. Teacher observations and student growth in the subject matter covered, suggested that web-based delivery in the form of a website may be effective as a tool for delivering content. Exposing students to web-based delivery also changed their individual preferences of how they like to learn.
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    Sharing Place Names of Hanauma Bay: A Multimedia Prototype
    ( 2011-05-04) Maynard, Elizabeth Kumabe ; Lin, Grace ; Leong, Peter
    The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is recognized worldwide as a model of sustainable resource use that hosts almost a million visitors annually. Educating visitors about the ecological and cultural systems of Hanauma Bay can lead to a deeper understanding, appreciation, and stewardship for the place. The goal of this instructional design project was to develop a multimedia module prototype that would educate and encourage Hawai‘i residents to visit Hanauma Bay. The module utilizes interesting stories about the cultural and natural history of the bay related to the naming of locations and is designed to reach out to an audience beyond the physical park boundaries by utilizing virtual and web-based media. Thirty education and outreach specialists in Hawai‘i’s natural resource agencies and environmental programs evaluated the effectiveness of this resource tool. Their findings highlighted great interest in this prototype module. Participants felt access to a variety of related visual and video files provided an effective and engaging educational resource tool. Input to improve this module included increased information and stories about each site using a variety of media such as audio files or video of aerial flyovers to give more encompassing images of the locations. The implications of this virtual education strategy for non-formal learning and outreach education are also discussed.
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    "Learning About Charts": A Learning Module to Teach Information Literacy
    ( 2011-05-04) Richardson, Brian ; Leong, Peter
    Information literacy, including statistical literacy, is a fundamental goal of education. Knowing how to critically assess numerical data and the presentation of that data in charts is an important skill. What is the best way to teach statistical skills when most students do not take a statistics class and other classes lack the time to cover skills that only a portion of the students do not have. Online learning activities can meet the specific student needs without taking class time away from the course. This study developed and analyzed the effectiveness and appeal of a self-paced Internet-based learning module devoted to teaching learners bar charts, pie charts, and line charts. The module combined video and text with PHP-based web pages that allowed student to be tracked. Pre- and post-module surveys were completed to measure the learner's confidence in understanding charts and a final survey was completed where the student evaluated the learning module itself. The results measured the effectiveness of the module in changing the students' belief in their ability to understand and critically interpret charts. Feedback on the module was also analyzed to determine the best ways to improve the module's design.
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    Meeting Instructional Faculty Needs: Training Faculty with Screencasting
    (Jean Q Javellana, 2011-04-15) Javellana, Jean Q. ; Menchaca, Mike
    This instructional design project evaluated a video based instructional module created with Jing, a screencasting software, and its effectiveness of how images and videos of detailed travel procedures can enhance learner’s knowledge in completing online travel authorization forms using the University of Hawai`i eTravel website. Furthermore, this study evaluated how presenting verbal and visual explanations together in a coordinated way were more effective than providing written step-by-step instructions. Post-secondary faculty members from various academic departments at the University of Hawai`i – West O`ahu (UHWO) participated in this study. Literature reviews discussed the uses of screencasting in higher education libraries and a large organization, and how libraries were creating screencasting video and images to enhance their search strategies and reference services. Based on a pretest/post test experimental method, and a post attitudinal survey, instructional faculty found use of screencasting helpful in illustrating complex travel instructions to complete the online travel authorization forms. Further research will need to be conducted to determine if screencasting is an effective learning tool for instructional faculty, as well as for other eTravel users, such as support staff in the organization.
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    Using Flash in an Elementary School Setting to Increase Learning and Motivation in Music
    (Hasegawa, Carol, 2011-04-14) Hasegawa, Carol ; Leong, Peter ; Lin, Grace
    Engaging first grade students to learn about musical instruments in the absence of actual musical instruments can be difficult. The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a Flash-based instructional module designed to enhance the learning of grouping and hearing musical instruments for first grade students. Students were given a lecture regarding the project, shown a drawing of the module and given a pretest concerning the subject right before logging onto the computers. The students were given approximately 40 minutes to complete the module before taking the posttest. The pretest and posttest were given to provide research data on how much the students learned from the module. In addition, the students were asked their thoughts about the module and learning on the computer. This helped to gauge how the students felt about the effectiveness of the module. The pretest scores indicate that most students got 25% correct; the posttest showed that majority students got 92% correct. Overall the students did better on the posttest then the pretest and most indicated that they would want to do another lesson like this.
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    Warm up for cardiovascular exercise: Decrease risk of injury and improve performance
    (Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference, 2011-04-12) Luke, Chaz ; Leong, Peter ; Lin, Grace
    With Hawaii being home to thousands of athletes and cardiovascular exercise enthusiasts, it is beneficial and important for those who engage in cardiovascular exercise and activities to know how to warm up properly. Understanding the benefits and importance of a proper warm up routine prior to performing cardiovascular exercise may decrease the risk of injury and improve overall performance. This paper describes the development and evaluation of a web-based instructional module on proper warm-up techniques for cardiovascular exercise for adult learners. A total of 17 research participants took part in the study, most of who exercise on a regular basis. The results of the study showed a 17 percent increase from pre- to post-test scores. Due to the small sample size of this research study, additional research should be conducted to inform the public about warming up before performing cardiovascular exercise, with hopes that fewer injuries will occur and people will be able to push themselves to their full potential.
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    Tsunami Preparedness Web-based Module for International Students in University of Hawai’i at Manoa
    (TCC conference, 2011-04-12) Liu, Lulu (Liu) ; Leong, Peter
    Abstract: When students from all over the world come to Hawai‟i, they are not necessarily prepared with the knowledge to handle a tsunami. The purpose of this instructional design project is to develop and evaluate a web-based instructional module about tsunami preparedness for international students at the University of Hawai‟i at Manoa. Participants evaluated the module for relevancy and effectiveness, and data was collected to measure knowledge gained through participation. Overall the participants found the module to be a useful one for the future. The group completed pre- and post-tests and showed significant improvement scoring an average of 64% in the pre-test and 96% in the post-test. Participants reported favorably about the images, videos and interactive applets, although results are limited by a small sample size. Data collected also suggest that revisions to the module should exclude some of the test items and include more multimedia content.
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    Using Podcasts in a High School Advanced Placement Statistics Course to Encourage a Higher Achieving Learning Environment
    (16th Annual TCC Conference, 2011-04-12) Kashiwabara, Christine ; Lin, Grace ; Leong, Peter
    The purpose of this paper is to discuss an instructional design project to determine the effectiveness of implementing podcasts as a supplemental online resource on probability in Moodle, an online course management system. Eighteen high school seniors in AP Statistics at a private school in Honolulu, Hawaii, used podcasts to review information previously learned in a traditional classroom atmosphere four months prior to the review. The collected data was used to determine the effectiveness of the module and to analyze the students’ attitudes toward hybrid or online learning. Results between a paper-based pre-test and an online posttest showed a general improvement in understanding the content in probability. Student feedback from an attititudinal survey showed a more positive attitude for the convenient resource and the ability to review concepts that were forgotten. Results from the project will guide teachers towards a better understanding of student success in an AP course.