Multimedia in Online Courses

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Tribulletblue.pngIntroduction

With widespread advances in technology in terms of ease-of-use and accessibility, the media choices available to online course developers are vast. Knowing if, when and how to include a media object is not always a clear-cut decision for online course developers. Choices of which types of media are suitable for a given context, subject area and student population can be confusing.
Based on personal, professional experience of the author, there is often a need for a better understanding among course developers of when and how to incorporate multimedia into online courses in higher-ed. Since 2000, the author has been working closely with course developers (including faculty, instructional designers and instructional technologists) to develop multimedia learning objects for online courses in a range of subject areas. The population is inconsistent in their understanding of the reasons for including multimedia in their courses and the best practices for utilizing multimedia. The goal of this mini-course is to promote consistency and best practices in including multimedia in online courses. Course developers should have an understanding of the pedagogical implications of using various media, and the theories surrounding multimedia design and use in online learning.

Target Audience

This course is specifically designed for course developers at the author's institution of higher education; However, it would benefit anyone involved in course development who wants to gain a better understanding of when and how to incorporate multimedia in online courses for higher education.

Prerequisites

Participants in this min-course will have a working knowledge of course development in the ANGEL course management system.

Tribulletblue.pngCourse Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant's understanding of issues and affordances surrounding using multimedia in online learning will be evidenced in the following performance objectives:

Given the ANGEL learning environment and the many media options to deliver content online, the participant adopts multimedia that engages students with the course content, as evidenced in their course development proposals.
Given the ANGEL learning environment and the many media options to deliver content online, the participant generates a course development proposal which utilizes multimedia, as shown in the course development proposals.
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TribulletGrn.pngUnit 1: Multimedia Overview

===Target Objective===
Upon completion of this unit learners will:
  • demonstrate an understanding of issues and affordances of multimedia use in online learning.
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TribulletMag.pngUnit 2: Design Principles of Multimedia

===Target Objective===
Upon completion of this unit learners will:
  • demonstrate an understanding of multimedia design principles.
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TribulletOrng.pngUnit 3: Multimedia Tools and Techniques

===Target Objective===
Upon completion of this unit learners will:
  • demonstrate the capability of incorporating multimedia in online courses.

Tribulletblue.pngSummary

Upon completion of this mini-course you will have learned about various types of media used in online learning and ways to use media in various disciplines. You will learn about design principles of multimedia and how they impact student learning. You will then learn specific techniques for implementing multimedia in your courses. Finally, you will have the opportunity to apply the learning to generate a course development proposal, or unit, which includes multimedia.

I look forward to seeing more multimedia in your online courses!

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Unit 1: Multimedia Overview | Unit 2: Design Principles of Multimedia | Unit 3: Multimedia Tools and Techniques

Katherine Watson | Katherine Watson's Portfolio Page -- a development area for the project.

ETAP 623 Fall 2009