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Masking Pixels: Insights into the Design and Delivery of a Photoshop Workshop

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Title: Masking Pixels: Insights into the Design and Delivery of a Photoshop Workshop
Authors: Morrison, William
Instructor: Eichelberger, Ariana
Keywords: adult
Adobe Photoshop
software training
Issue Date: 28 Apr 2012
Abstract: Adobe Photoshop is a powerful pixel-editing application with a steep learning curve.  Program proficiency can offer high returns in both professional production and personal creative expression.  To acquire skills, some learners choose to attend software-training workshops, such as those offered by the researcher, through Pacific New Media (PNM) at the University of Hawaii.  This paper describes the development, delivery, evaluation, and assessment of a three-hour Photoshop masking workshop targeting adult learners.  The workshop was presented three times over a two-day period to a total of 23 research participants.  Pre- and post-workshop surveys and tests were administered to collect various qualitative and quantitative feedback, and to assess learning objective fulfillment.  Data analysis yielded valuable insight into participant aptitudes, their attitudes towards various aspects of the learning experience, and their trends in knowledge acquisition.  Results revealed that a suitable target audience was recruited and that participants were highly satisfied.  Gains in knowledge were evident and a new method for assessing higher-order, problem-solving skills was identified.  Teaching method modifications, based on insights gathered through the instructional design process, can be applied to the design and delivery of all future workshops.
Pages/Duration: 11 pages
Rights: CC0 1.0 Universal
Appears in Collections:ETEC 690, Spring 2012

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