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AECT 2010 - Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course Development

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Morrison, J., & Barbour, M. K. (2010, October). Examination of the use of tools in K-12 online course development. A paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology, Anaheim, CA.

This study examined the need and use of tools in web-based course development process with the Illinois Virtual High School (IVHS). Tools needed in the development process by instructors were determined. The course development process was used to understand the needs and project valuable meaning from the interaction of the instructors with others in the course development team as they participated in two rounds of course creation for the IVHS.

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AECT 2010 - Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course Development

  1. 1. Examination of the Use ofTools in K-12 Online Course DevelopmentJonathan E. Morrison and Michael K. Barbour Wayne State University
  2. 2. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course DevelopmentIVHS 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. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course Development IVHS 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. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course DevelopmentPurpose To determine necessary support mechanisms for instructors in course development processMethods Course Review Web-based survey Phone Interview
  5. 5. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course Development RESULTS 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 increasedelivery methods in courses
  6. 6. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course DevelopmentSoftware 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. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course DevelopmentWhat 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. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course Development Course 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. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course Development Importance 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. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course DevelopmentQuestions and/or Comments??
  11. 11. Examination of the Use of Tools in K-12 Online Course DevelopmentContact Information Jonathan Morrison jomorri@yahoo.com Michael K Barbour mkbarbour@gmail.com

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