Selection and Utilization of Educational Multimedia
ED TEC 340
Winter 2000: Wednesdays, 4:15-6:45pm
South Campus Computer Building (SCB) 200A
Joe Polman, Ph.D.
Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm, Thursdays 3-4pm, or by appointment
Office: Technology & Learning Ctr, Suite 100 Marillac Hall
Course Web Page: http://www.umsl.edu/~edujpolm/edtec340
Overview and goals
This course is intended to prepare students for
selecting and utilizing multimedia technologies for classroom use. Students
will conduct projects involving packaged educational multimedia programs,
Powerpoint presentation software, and web pages. The projects will incorporate
graphics, sound, and video. The goal of working on these projects is to
prepare students to facilitate othersÌ use of multimedia for learning
in the future.
There are four main activities associated with the
1) Attending class weekly and actively participating.
These sessions will be devoted to discussion of readings or assignments,
and work on projects with educational multimedia programs. You should notify
me before class if you know you will not be able to attend, and as soon
as possible if something unexpected arises. Missing more than two class
meetings will require makeup work.
2) Weekly participation in discussions on our email
You are expected to post at least one message per
week to discussions on the class email listserve, mailto:email@example.com
You must make at least one post before 6pm Tuesday evening, the
day before class. Please read other studentsÌ responses to the discussion
before you post, and make an effort to build on their ideas (we want a
discussion, not a set of isolated comments). Before class, make sure and
read any emails that are posted after yours, because we are likely to use
the online discussion as a jumping off point for face-to-face discussion.
3) Together with another student, learning how to
use an educational multimedia program such as a simulation or exploratory
environment, evaluating that program, and making an explanatory and critical
presentation of it to the rest of the class.
4) Completing multimedia projects utilizing PowerPoint
and web pages, and optionally HyperStudio. These projects will incorporate
text, graphics, audio, and video.
Grades for the course will be based on work in class
and out as follows:
Class participation (20%)
Weekly participation in online discussion group (20%)
Critical evaluation and presentation of an educational hypermedia program
Two hypermedia development projects (40%)
(available at the university bookstore
S. R., Williams, S. M., Sherwood, R. D., Hasselbring, T. S., & the
Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt (1999). Technology for teaching
and learning with understanding: A primer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Any additional readings will be available on the World Wide Web
Week 1: Jan 10-14, Class Wednesday, Jan 12:
Introduction and Orientation
Assignment, due next Wednesday: short paper
(2-3 pages) on your personal experience with educational technology in
learning settings, and your perspective on the possibilities for Ed Tech.
Week 2: Jan 17-21, Class Wednesday, Jan 19:
Perspective on Educational Technology
Read Introduction and Chapter 1 of handbook for class
Pam Ashmore from the Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity (CHOCD)
will explain their programs to the class, and students working on CHOCD-related
projects will schedule to attend a program.
I will give an overview of the Macintosh and how to get into PowerPoint,
Netscape Communicator, and Pagemill during class.
We will discuss your personal experiences and ideas on possibilities for
Ed Tech from your short papers, and relate them to the reading. Ideas will
be incorporated into Inspiration.
Week 3: Jan 24-28, Class Wednesday, Jan 26
Read Chapter 2 of handbook for class
You will be analyzing the three cases in the handbook and preparing a PowerPoint
presentation about them in class. I will review PowerPoint at the beginning
You should make sure you have a web site to which you can load pages for
next week's session.
Week 4: Jan 31-Feb 4, Class Wednesday, Feb
At the beginning of class, you will give your Powerpoint presentations
created last week, and we will discuss the cases and four principles further.
- I will review web architecture and web searching,
as well as present web page editing with Pagemill.
Everyone will begin creating a web site today.
Week 5: Feb 7-11, Class Wednesday, Feb 9
Read Chapter 3 of handbook for class
You will work on your web sites today. You will have an opening page with
links to two other pages. One will be a translated lesson plan from CHOCD
for use on the web. Another will be a "resource page" of your choice with
links and annotation to web resources you find useful for some educational
purpose. You will upload the pages to your website.
Week 6: Feb 14-18, Class Wednesday, Feb 16
After discussing the ideas in Chapter 3, we will begin the educational
hypermedia evaluation project. I will have some standalone and web-based
environments to choose from (including ones mentioned in the reading),
but you can bring your own ideas too if you have them on CD-ROM or they
are accessible on the Web. You will work in pairs on this project.
Week 7: Feb 21-25, Class Wednesday, Feb 23
You will continue the educational hypermedia evaluation project. You will
prepare to present your package to the rest of the class, using the program
itself and PowerPoint.
Week 8: Feb 28-Mar 3, Class Wednesday, Mar
Complete educational hypermedia evaluation project.
Begin presentations of educational hypermedia programs (15 minutes each)
Week 9: Mar 6-10, Class Wednesday, Mar 8
Complete presentations of educational hypermedia programs (15 minutes each)
Return to educational resource web pages using PageMill.
Week 10: Mar 13-17, Class Wednesday, Mar 15
Discussion of ethical issues, critical viewing, and selection of educational
Development project begins
Week 11: Mar 20-24, Class Wednesday, Mar 22
Development project continues
Introduction of basic image editing and conversion
Break March 25-April 2
Week 12: April 3-7, Class Wednesday, April
Development project continues
Week 13: April 10-14, Class Wednesday, Apr
Week 14: April 17-21, Class Wednesday, Apr
19: Wrapup (last class)
Read Chapter 4 of handbook for class
Discussion of reading and projects
15: April 24-28
Class: I will be out of town at the annual meeting of the American Educational