Project #8: Worked Example Screencast

For this assignment, I created a five-minute screencast of a faded worked example on how to resize a photo in Windows. The first portion of the video contains a fully worked example, along with a self-explanation question on why it is important to work with a copy of the image instead of resizing the original image. I then provided a second example in which the viewer completes the final steps of actually resizing the image in Paint. Lastly, I included a full problem assignment in which the viewer is asked to resize a photo with a specific pixel width and pixel height. For this project, I chose to use PowerPoint’s screen recording feature. I had never used this feature before, but I had no issues recording both the narration (audio) and the visuals (my computer screen) for this project; it is as easy as selecting the part of the screen one wants to record and then clicking “record.” This project allowed me to apply many of the multimedia principles covered this semester. Click the link below to view my worked example screencast! Note: for best quality, please view the video in 720p.

Worked Example Screencast

Project #7: Google Slides Presentation

This week’s assignment was to create a presentation in Google Slides on worked examples. Even though I have never created a presentation from scratch in Google Slides before, I had no issues using it. I was glad to see that there were many shapes to choose from; I enjoyed creating the various illustrations and examples throughout the presentation using the different shapes in Google Slides. I applied many of the multimedia principles that I have learned about in this presentation, including the multimedia principle itself (use of words and graphics in the slides), contiguity (the words are near graphics), redundancy (visuals explained in the speaker notes), modality (visuals described in the speaker notes rather than on the slides themselves), and coherence (only essential words and graphics are included in each slide). Click the link below to view my Google Slides presentation on worked examples!

Presentation on Worked Examples

Project #6: Digital Story

For this week’s assignment, I created a digital story on the different types of data storage that I have used over the years, including the floppy disk, the optical disc, the memory card, and the USB flash drive. I began by taking pictures of the aforementioned data storage devices. I then used the voice recorder app in Windows 10 to record my narration for the video. I imported both the photos and the audio files into PowerPoint and exported the presentation as a video. Although I had never done this before in PowerPoint, I had no issues exporting to a video format.  This video demonstrates the personalization principle; the narration in this video is presented in a conversational style rather than a formal style. I learned from completing this assignment how the personalization principle can be applied to educational materials to help engage learners in the instruction.

Click the link below to view my Digital Story!

Digital Story

Project #5: Coherence Analysis

For this week’s assignment, the task was to analyze the coherence principle, which deals with the use of irrelevant words, graphics, and sounds to multimedia instruction. Learning about the coherence principle allowed me to see how adding unnecessary material to a multimedia presentation can prevent learners from focusing on the topic being discussed. Click the link below to read my analysis on the coherence principle.

Coherence Analysis 

 

Project #4: Prezi

For this week’s assignment, I created a narrated Prezi on the modality principle. Although it has been a while since I have used Prezi, I had no issues creating my presentation on it. For this presentation, I began by creating the graphics for each of the slides in PowerPoint. Once I did that, I created a new Prezi and imported my graphics into each of the slides. I then recorded audio for each slide using Voice Recorder in Windows 10 (formerly Sound Recorder); I had no issues adding narration to the slides in Prezi. My presentation is a good example of both modality and redundancy principles: spoken words are used to describe the graphics, and only narration is used to describe the graphics.

Click the link below to view my Prezi!

My Prezi

Project #3: Haiku Deck

This week’s assignment was to create a Haiku Deck presentation while applying the modality and redundancy principles. I had not used Haiku Deck prior to this assignment, but I had no issues creating my presentation using this program. I chose to create a very simple presentation on how to connect an external monitor to a computer. Users who own laptops with smaller screens can benefit greatly from this solution; those who would like to add a screen to their work environment can also benefit from an external computer monitor.

To create this presentation, I added a line of text for each slide, used the image search feature to find relevant images for my presentation, and added my speaker notes for each slide. Haiku Deck also made it really easy to apply the multimedia principle (using words and images), the contiguity principle (words near images), and the modality principle (using speaker notes rather than having all the text on the slide). Being limited to the amount of text I can include in each slide meant that I had to carefully choose which words I wanted in each slide; this does, however, make for a cleaner-looking presentation that does not overwhelm and distract the learner.

Click the link below to view my Haiku Deck presentation!

Connecting an External Monitor

Project #2: Static Multimedia Instruction

This week’s assignment involved applying the multimedia and contiguity principles in creating a tutorial using the application Clarify. For this assignment, I created a tutorial on how to crop a photo. I chose to create a tutorial on this since cropping is a technique that I use often when I edit my photos; it is a great, simple way to remove unnecessary elements in a photo. The instructional objectives for this tutorial are:

  • After completing this tutorial, the reader will be able to crop a photo in Windows 10.
  • After completing this tutorial, the reader will be able to save a cropped image.

Although I have never used Clarify before, I had no issues using the program for this project; I was able to start working on my tutorial right after installing the program. For each step in the tutorial, I gave the step a title and described that particular step. After adding corresponding images/screenshots to each step, I then added such things as arrows and  text boxes to each of the images in the tutorial to highlight those parts of the image that are most relevant to the step which they are associated with. Once I was finished, it was very easy to export the completed project as a PDF.

This tutorial follows the first contiguity principle because related words and graphics are close together. In addition, each step is in its own page (in other words, each graphic and its corresponding text are grouped together in a single page), which equates to less confusion for readers. The tutorial also follows the multimedia principle; in each step, the photo complements the text on that page. This makes it easier for the reader to understand each step by having both visuals and text to explain the process.

Below is the link to my tutorial:

How to Crop a Photo

Sketchnote

This week’s assignment was to create a sketch note on one of six topics pertaining to either the multimedia principle or the contiguity principle. I chose to create a sketch note on the first contiguity principle, which deals with how and where related graphics and text should be placed in an e-learning environment. A definition of the principle, as well as five examples (legends, exercise directions, feedback, scrolling and text/graphic visibility, and captions) are illustrated in this sketch note.

For this sketch note, I chose to create/draw my own images for the examples; I then used PowerPoint to organize the drawings and corresponding text. My experience with using PowerPoint for this assignment was very good; the many features of the program makes it very easy to put together graphics of this sort. Although I am new to the concept of sketch notes, I think this is a great alternative to traditional note-taking.

Click below to view my sketch note:

 

Link to Sketch Note (PDF on Google Drive)