Course Introduction and Goals

Update to Fall 2013 On Line

Online section live webcasts will normally be Tuesdays at 5:45pm Pacific time, with our first meeting on Tuesday, August 27. A detailed schedule will be posted in Blackboard prior to the start of class. In fact, most of the course content will be moving from this legacy site to Blackboard for the Fall semester. During the transition, you may still refer to this site as most of the key objectives, assignments and requirements will be substantially similar.

If you register after Monday, August 26, please email the instructor so we can can add you to the course database and listserv. Please mention you're in EDTEC 541 on line.

We archive the weekly live webcasts for those who may not be able to make it, and there's plenty of opportunity to ask questions and conduct discussions via the course listserv.

Please let me know by private email if you have any concerns about the schedule.

Thanks for your flexibility. We are currently updating the schedule and menu in Blackboard to reflect the Fall semester soon, and you'll be receiving a detailed "welcome" email before the first class session with all you need to know to get started in the course. If you have not used Blackboard previously, you will need your RED ID and password to logon.

Looking forward to working with you this semester!

Introduction

Welcome to Educational Multimedia Web Development. In this course you’ll learn the basics of building educational multimedia Web sites. There are a range of tasks involved, requiring both design skills and software development skills.The course flows along in three main streams, that parallel and build on one another. Our first order of business is to begin to master the software toolkit you’ll need to build Web sites. The toolkit includes HTML, a Web page editor, image editing software, and audio and video compression software. Naturally, part of the job is to figure out how to use the right tool for the right job and pull all the pieces together. We’ll use a screen-based tutorial called Presence as you work with the tools on your computer.

Software tools: Presence    
Design skills: Textbook and Web-based modules.  
  Designing an Educational Web Site Developing an Educational Web Site

But the software tools, of course, are useless without some design skills to go with them. In this course, you’ll learn to assess your target audience’s needs, then choose appropriate content and design navigation systems and page layouts to meet those needs. You’ll do this with the help of the textbook (Williams & Tollett) and the Web-based presentations, discussions, and other activities.

You’ll put your newly-acquired design skills into practice right away by starting to design your own educational Web site. You’ll assess your audience’s needs, draft a short proposal, draw a flow diagram and sketch a storyboard. By the time your design is ready, you’ll have completed the software tools segment of the course, and you’ll be ready to begin development of your design. By the end of the course, you’ll have designed and developed a prototype educational multimedia Web site you can use in your professional portfolio.

See a more detailed pacing calendar (a simplified Gantt chart, for those interested in project management) for the course, that includes an overview of deliverables and due dates.

Course Goals and Competencies

Educational Multimedia Web Development will help you understand the information revolution and its effect on educational and instructional design and product development. The course will provide you with intensive hands-on experience in production of multimedia products specifically for the Web. Emphasis is on the design process involved in multimedia development. You will assume various roles to carry out that process, ranging from content expert to quality assurance engineer.

EDTEC 541 features performance outcomes that directly reflect the competencies that underlie the EDTEC Master's program [noted in brackets, below]

At the completion of this course you will be able to produce a complete, information-based multimedia product using a Web authoring tool, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, and other applications. To reach this goal, you will learn to:

As multimedia and telecommunications are merging, another goal of this course is to make you adept and comfortable using computer-based communications. In Educational Multimedia Web Development, you will acquire the skills that you will use in future classes and in professional work. More specifically, you'll be able to:

So let's get started!