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.