SITE 2013 - K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer Perceptions

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Morrison, J., Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2013, March). K-12 online course development: Examining developer perceptions. A paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA.

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SITE 2013 - K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer Perceptions

  1. 1. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer Perceptions Jonathan E. Morrison, David Adelstein and Michael K. Barbour Wayne State University
  2. 2. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsIVHS ∗ Supplemental program sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education ∗ Transitioned from purchased to self-developed content and courses ∗ Served nearly 20,000 semester enrollments in eight years
  3. 3. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsIVHS Course Development ∗ Content Developers (Subject Matter Experts) from Virtual High School ∗ IVHS Instructors - one to two ∗ IVHS Administrators as liaison to LMS ∗ Implementation Team from Learning Management System ∗ Project Manager ∗ Instructional Designer ∗ Graphics/Program Developer
  4. 4. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsPurpose ∗ To determine necessary support mechanisms for instructors in course development processMethods ∗ Course Review ∗ Web-based survey ∗ Phone Interview
  5. 5. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsRESULTS ∗ Instructors needed defined timelines and development framework ∗ Instructors preferred to retain creativity in teaching process ∗ Instructors would use templates if allowed to maintain flexibility ∗ Instructors preferred to work collaboratively as long as duties were determined ∗ Instructors desired additional software training to increase delivery methods in courses
  6. 6. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsSoftware training choices for instructors∗Software title %∗Dreamweaver/Frontpage 64.3∗Fireworks/Photoshop 50.0∗Flash 71.4∗Java 57.1∗Audio Programs 42.9∗Video Programs 57.1
  7. 7. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsWhat the developers said…∗ Course development experience… ∗ “a real positive experience”∗ Collaboration experience… ∗ Divide “up the responsibilities…[and] review each other’s information” ∗ “…you don’t catch everything yourself” ∗ “…talk back and forth and find solutions”
  8. 8. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsCourse development tools and templates… ∗ “we sort of developed our own…” ∗ “we decided on our own that we wanted certain things and they were repetitive throughout.Course development tools (software and training)… ∗ “pull in wonderful real life situations” with access to develop multimedia
  9. 9. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsImportance of Results ∗ Online course developers desire additional professional development on interactive tools ∗ Online Instructors are making increased use of online communication tools ∗ Online course developers desire some structure and consistency in a design template, but want to maintain flexibility and creativity
  10. 10. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer Perceptions∗ Questions and/or Comments?
  11. 11. K-12 Online Course Development: Examining Developer PerceptionsContact Information ∗ Michael K Barbour mkbarbour@gmail.com ∗ Jonathan Morrison jomorri@yahoo.com ∗ David Adelstein dave.adelstein@gmail.com

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