COURSES ON MULTIMEDIA/HYPERMEDIA & IT RESEARCH
EDC 383G: Interactive Multimedia Design & Production
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the hypermedia/interactive multimedia technology through working with various hypermedia/interactive multimedia tools. Students will be introduced to the design and production process of developing interactive multimedia applications. Students will be given an opportunity to learn various tools concentrating on different aspects of the technology: text, graphics, audio, animation, and video. Through working with these tools, students are expected to develop an understanding of how such technology can be applied in education and industry settings. Students are also to develop an understanding of hypermedia/interactive multimedia related design principles and are to apply them in developing interactive multimedia-based applications. The course simulates the practice in the multimedia industry. Students will work in groups and take on different roles. The contexts for this course will be primarily interactive, collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and student-centered. A large portion of this course will be devoted to hands-on activities.
EDC 385G: Designs and Strategies for New Media
This course is about human-computer interaction (HCI). The emphasis of the course is on examining and understanding the designs and strategies for new media. New media in this case is defined as interactive multimedia and Web-based technologies. We are particularly interested in looking at the use of new media from the perspectives of information design, interaction design, and interface design. We will also investigate how different characteristics of learner groups might impact the designs. Developing such an understanding and acquiring such knowledge will make one better informed in creating effective educational applications. Through activities such as researching, evaluating, designing, and developing, students are expected to develop an understanding of how design principles can be applied to create effective educational products. The contexts for this course will be primarily interactive, collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and student-centered. Flash and other related softwarewill be used for site analysis and creating the final end-of-semester product.
EDC 384P: Instructional Systems Design
This course provides an overview of the theoretical frameworks, current trends, and common concerns associated with the design and development of effective instructional materials. It aims at providing you with theoretical, experiential (hands-on), and critical perspectives on instructional design as it is applied in a variety of educational contexts (i.e. K-12, high education, and corporate training). You will read and discuss behavioral, cognitive, and constructivist theories and their implications for design, study several instructional design (ID) models in-depth, explore various strategies, and develop an instructional module on a specified topic. As a group, we will also compare, and contrast instructional design models to understand when to use what model/approach given the circumstance. You will also have an opportunity to talk to ID practitioners about their experience. The contexts for this learning will be primarily interactive, collaborative, and student-centered.
EDC 385G: Analysis of Research in Instructional Technology
This course is designed for 1) doctoral students enrolled in the Instructional Technology (IT) Program, and 2) any students who have an interest in educational technology related research. For IT doctoral students, it is recommended this course be taken prior to the IT doctoral seminar. The primary goal is for students to get familiar with research in the IT field, to make sense and use technology research in preparation for conducting one’s own research (e.g. master report or dissertation). Through readings we will examine historical and current literature on technology use in teaching and learning. We will evaluate and critique studies using various research methodologies, and thoroughly investigate and synthesize several selected research topics. The contexts for this course will be interactive, collaborative, and student-centered. By getting acquainted with the existing research and what is going currently in the field, we are to deepen our understanding of the role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning.
EDC 396: Doctoral Seminar-Learning Technologies
This course is primarily designed for doctoral students enrolled in the Instructional Technology Program who have completed a certain amount of the coursework. However, other students are welcome. Its goal is to help you proactively plan for timely completion of I.T. program coursework, first-year and midprogram reviews, candidacy exams, formation of your dissertation committee, and your dissertation research area of inquiry. The contexts for this course will be interactive, collaborative, and student-centered. We will function as a learning community to help each other in understanding various related issues, getting familiar with relevant rules and policies, and identifying possible pitfalls to avoid and ways to maximize the value of your learning at each stage of degree work. You will also have the opportunity to thoroughly explore, evaluate, and synthesize existing research and theories related to your probable dissertation focus. You will conduct a literature review that can serve, if you wish, as a partial basis and beginning for your dissertation proposal. You may conduct a small-scale study as well.
EDC 344: Digital Literacy for Teaching and Learning
The goal of this course is to introduce basic digital skills that are needed to be productive citizens in the 21st century workforce. Students are expected to develop the skills they need to effectively integrate technology into their respective professional practices. This course is heavily hands-on. The digital skills students will acquire in this course are basic and practical. The tools students will learn and use include productivity tools, multimedia and website development tools, and Web 2.0 tools. We will also discuss related issues with regard to digital technology use in education as well as explore emerging technologies. An important goal of this course is to integrate technology into your specific content area, and therefore you will learn and apply various technology skills in a context suitable to your major. There is no pre-requisite requirement for taking the course.
EDC 371: Computing Tools for Educators
This course is for undergraduate pre-service teacher education students to learn the basic computing tools for use in the classrooms.
EDC 385G: Interactive Multimedia Research
The purpose of this course is to provide you with a background in interactive multimedia/hypermedia research with specific emphases on (1) identifying major research issues in the field (2) examining major research findings (3) understanding appropriate theoretical frameworks and (4) conducting research in one’s own interest area. The course has four components: (1) Through readings and discussions, students are expected to become familiar with major research issues and findings as well as appropriate theoretical frameworks for interactive multimedia/hypermedia research; (2) through critiquing articles, students are expected to be familiar with research design components and develop the ability to evaluate research critically ; (3) through various hands-on experiences using interactive multimedia technology, students are expected to understand the importance of research and identifying areas/issues for further examination; and (4) through conducting a research project, students are expected to combine theories, knowledge of research design and practical experience in investigating a topic of one’s own choice. The contexts for this course will be primarily interactive, collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and student-centered.
EDC 385G: Interactive Multimedia Authoring
This course is designed for novices who want to learn interactive multimedia technology through a hands-on approach. The course provides you with an overview of the interactive multimedia/hypermedia technology through working with a state-of-art authoring system/program. The authoring program used in the course will vary from one semester to another so as to reflect the most current multimedia tools used by professionals in the field. The emphasis of the course is not only on the understanding of the authoring program, but, more importantly, on how various media can be used and on being able to create an educational application using the program. As a group, we will discuss and work on various concepts of multimedia. As an individual, you will investigate and develop an application in the field of your interest/specialization. The contexts for this learning will be primarily interactive, collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and student-centered. A large portion of this course will be devoted to hands-on activities.