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PRST 5450/6450/7450 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

PRST 5450/6450/7450 - Computer-Based Technologies for eTraining

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course teaches students the concepts for developing and maintaining just-in-time computer-based training materials and courses using various multimedia and authoring tools.

Course Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the course, the students will be able to

  1. Create computer-based e-training materials and courses using multimedia and authoring tools to enhance presentation of information to meet just-in-time training needs;
  2. Effectively integrate text, graphics, animation, audio, and video into e-training materials and courses;
  3. Create and adapt e-training for delivery via mobile devices such as cell phones, PDAs, mp3 players, etc.
  4. Create an etraining website for storing and accessing all just-in-time etraining courses and materials;
  5. Incorporate multimedia and elearning/content authoring tools and mobile technologies into the development and delivery of e-training modules following appropriate theories of instructional design, teaching, and learning.

NOTE: Students will need approval for their e-training course topic (area) from the Instructor prior to beginning any work on the course. 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Graduate standing; PRST 5400/6400/7400 is a prerequisite. Students need to have a solid understanding of andragogy, and knowledge of instructional design to properly prepare for course requirements.

Course Topics:

This course is divided into five (5) Modules: (1) Programs for Creating and Maintaining a Website for Storing and Accessing Just-in-Time eTraining Materials/Courses; (2) eLearning Content Authoring Software and Tools for Creating Multimedia Content; (3) Programs for Developing Interactive Games, Demos, Prototypes, Simulations, etc.; (4) Mobile Learning (m-Learning): Implementation and Learning Mobile Author Programs; and (5) eTraining Course: Designing, Developing, and Delivering the Content.

Students will complete nine (9) learning topics in this course. The culmination of the course will be a fully developed etraining course that includes/incorporates a MINIMUM of four (4) multimedia/elearning content authoring tools and one (1) mobile learning (m-learning) activity. 

eLearning Content Authoring Software and Tools for Creating Multimedia Content 
Module One: Screen Capture Programs
Module 1

Programs for Creating and Maintaining a Website for Storing and Accessing Just-in-Time eTraining Materials/Courses 

 

Website Creation and Hosting Programs

Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating and maintaining a website for storing and accessing just-in-time training materials and courses. The following list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned in the list below.

  • Weebly
  • Google Sites
  • Yola
  • FatCow
Module 2

eLearning Content Authoring Software and Software Tools for Creating Multimedia Content 

1)

Adobe Flash Professional CS6 and Generic Flash Programs

Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The foregoing list is NOT all inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned above. 

  • Adobe Flash Professional CS6
  • Scratch
  • Toufee
  • SWF Easy
  • Snap! Empower by Lectora
  • Quick Lessons
  • Flash Firestarter
 

Flash to HTML5 Conversion Tools 

  • Google Swiffy Extension for Flash Professional
  • Wallaby
2)

Microsoft PowerPoint (and PowerPoint to Flash Conversion Tools)

Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The foregoing list is NOT all inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned above.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (or newer release)
  • Adobe Presenter
  • Articulate Presenter
  • Snap! by Lectora
  • PowerCONVERTER PRO
  • PPT2Flash Pro
  • iSpring Free
3)

Visual Authoring Programs

Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The foregoing list is NOT all inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned above.

  • Adobe Authorware 7
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Advanced eLearning Builder
  • Knoodle
  • CourseLab
4)

Screen Capture/Screencasting Software

Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The following list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned in the list below. 

  • Screenr
  • Jing
  • TechSmith Camtasia Studio
  • FastStone Capture
  • TechSmith Snagit
  • ScreenHunter
  • FullShot
Module 3

Programs for Developing Interactive Games, Demos, Prototypes, Simulations, etc. ​

1)

Interactive Games and Quiz Programs (Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The following list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned in the list below.) 

  • What2Learn
  • ClassTools.net
  • Hot Potatoes
  • Persuasive Games
2)

Demo/Prototype/Simulation Programs (Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The following list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned in the list below.) 

  • Demo Builder
  • DemoCreator
  • FlashDemoStudio
  • Business Education Simulations
Module 4

Mobile Learning (m-Learning) 

 

Mobile Learning: Implementation and Learning Mobile Author (LMA) Programs (Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The following list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned in the list below.) 

  • Hot Lava
  • RapidIntake (14-day free trial)
  • Claro from dominKnow (free trial)
  • Impatica OnCue (free trial)
  • moviSiteGalore
  • Softchalk
Module 5

eTraining Course Development 

 

eTraining Course: Designing, Developing, and Delivering the Content 

 

Specific Course Requirements:

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:

The overall purpose of this course is to give students the ability to develop just-in-time computer- based e-training materials and courses using various multimedia and authoring tools. As such, the grading in this course will focus on projects designed to assess students' mastery of the material covered. 

Assignment and/or ProjectExplanationPoints

eTraining Website Creation and Hosting (i.e., Weebly, Google Sites, Yola, etc.) [Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The foregoing list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned above.] 

Students will create an etraining website where all just-in-time training materials and courses will be stored and maintained. Websites will be evaluated according to (1) credibility; (2) accuracy; (3) audience; (4) purpose and content; (5) currency; and (6) design, organization, and ease of use. The eTraining Website rubric will be used to evaluate students’ websites and can be found in Course Content. 

100 pts

Small Multimedia programs 

Students will prepare individual multimedia Flash files that represent a level of complexity based on each one of the most commonly used Flash techniques (i.e., drawing, dynamic text, tweening, motion guides, masking, sound, movie clips, and buttons). Students will also create animation files and learning interactions and test item files within Flash. Students will upload completed assignments to the appropriate Flash Exercises dropbox. 

10 pts. (per Flash Exercise file) MAXIMUM of 100 pts.

Flash Splash Page for web site or e- Training module 

Students will create a self-contained or web page embedded Flash file that contains animation of some type and at least one sound file. This file is intended to serve as the portal or introduction to a web site or etraining course. Completed Flash Splash Page assignments should be uploaded to the Flash Splash Page Assignment dropbox. Flash Splash Page will be evaluated using the Flash Splash Page Rubric. 

50 pts.

Generic Flash Banner Assignment 

Students will use the generic flash program of their choice to create a flash banner; banner should include text, photos, and flash effects). Completed generic flash banner assignment should be uploaded to the Generic Flash Banner Assignment dropbox. Completed generic flash banner assignments will be evaluated using the Generic Flash Assignments Rubric. 

50 pts.

Generic Flash Intro Page Assignment for eTraining Course 

Students will use the generic flash program of their choice to create a flash intro page for their eTraining course. Completed generic flash intro page assignments should be uploaded to the Generic Flash Intro Page Assignment dropbox. Generic flash intro page assignments will be evaluated using the Generic Flash Assignments Rubric. 

50 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion--Flash versus Flash Pretenders (i.e., Toufee, SWF Easy, Flash Firestarter, Adobe Flash Professional CS6) [Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The foregoing list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned above.] 

Students will compare and contrast the differences and similarities between Adobe Flash Professional CS6 and a minimum of THREE (3) other software programs that purport to perform in a similar fashion to Adobe Flash. Students should examine ease of use, time required to learn program, etc. Students may select programs from the list provided by the instructor in the Course Topics section of this Syllabus or may choose to access another program(s) of their choice. Students will post their findings in a Discussion Forum and engage in a dialogue with classmates regarding these programs. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion, Animate Me 

Students will review the website, Cartoonster, to gain an understanding of the use of animation in its most simplistic form, cartoons. Students will engage in a Discussion concerning the use of the Cartoonster tutorials as a possible tool for helping them visualize animation and for gaining a better foundation for moving to flash-created animation. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

PowerPoint Presentation with Animation 

Students will create a PowerPoint presentation to be included with their eTraining Course that contains three types of animation. Demonstration, Problem- solving, and Combining. Students should upload their completed PowerPoint Presentation with Animation to the PowerPoint Presentation with Animations for eTraining Course dropbox. Completed PowerPoint Presentation with Animation will be evaluated using the PowerPoint with Animation Rubric. 

40 pts.

PowerPoint Game Assignment 

Students will use a PowerPoint Game Template to create a game for inclusion in their eTraining Course. Completed PowerPoint Game should be uploaded to the PowerPoint Game for eTraining Course dropbox. Completed PowerPoint Game for eTraining Course will be evaluated using the PowerPoint-Created Online Game Rubric. 

50 pts.

PowerPoint Quiz Assignment 

Students will use PowerPoint to create a Quiz for inclusion in their eTraining Course. Students should upload completed PowerPoint Quiz Assignment to PowerPoint Quiz for eTraining Course dropbox. Completed PowerPoint Quiz Assignment will be evaluated using the PowerPoint Quiz Rubric. 

40 pts.

Creation of PowerPoint Template and Branched eLearning Scenario 

Students will use PowerPoint to create a template of their design; students will then use their template to create a PowerPoint presentation that has branched elearning scenarios; the presentation will be used included in students' eTraining Course. Students should upload completed PowerPoint Presentation with branched elearning scenario to PowerPoint Presentation with Branched eLearning Scenario Assignment dropbox. Completed PowerPoint presentation will be evaluated using the PowerPoint Branched eLearning Scenario/Template Rubric. 

50 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion, Microsoft PowerPoint versus Other eLearning Content Authoring Programs 

Students will participate in a Discussion of the use of PowerPoint versus the use of other eLearning Content Authoring programs. Students will compare and contrast PowerPoint 2007 with the programs they used as part of Module 3 in this course. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

Creation of Flash-Based Presentation from PowerPoint using a PowerPoint-to-Flash Conversion Software Tool 

Students will create a PowerPoint presentation that will be used in ONE (1) etraining application for their course. They will then select one conversion software tool (i.e., Articulate Presenter, Adobe Presenter, etc.) to convert the PowerPoint presentation to a flash movie file. Students should upload their completed PowerPoint to Flash movie file to the PowerPoint Presentation to Flash Movie Conversion Assignment dropbox. Completed flash movie will be evaluated using the PowerPoint Presentation to Flash Movie Project Rubric. 

100 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion, PowerPoint to Flash Conversion Tools 

Students will participate in a Discussion of the Flash conversion tools they reviewed as part of Module 4; comparing and contrasting the tools they selected to convert their PowerPoint presentation to a flash movie file. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion,
Multimedia Programs and Tools Review (i.e., Screenr, Adobe Authorware, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, etc.— EXCLUDING Flash or Flash Professional) [Students will be able to work with programs of their choosing for creating just-in-time training materials and courses. The foregoing list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned above.] 

Students will analyze strategies and resources for using multimedia for presentation/instruction/training/professional applications. They will then select ONE (1) multimedia tool and participate in a Discussion regarding their choice of program/tool. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

Adobe Captivate Project 

Students will download a trial version of Adobe Captivate and create ONE (1) activity, project, or exercise where Adobe Captivate would be useful in delivering just- intime training. The activity, project, or exercise must be related to the topic of students' eTraining course as the project, activity, or exercise will be included in students' completed eTraining Course. Completed Adobe Captivate projects should be uploaded to the Adobe Captivate Project dropbox. Adobe Captivate projects will be evaluated using the Adobe Captivate Project Rubric. 

100 pts.

Screen Capture/ Screencasting
Software Review (i.e., Jing, FastStone Capture, TechSmith SnagIt, etc.) [Students will be able to work with programs of their

choosing for creating just- in- time training materials and courses. The foregoing list is NOT inclusive. Students may select programs not mentioned above.] Threaded Discussion: Which Screen Capture Program is BEST? 

Students will review a minimum of TWO (2) Screen Capture software programs and select ONE (1) program to use in this course. Students will answer questions posted by instructor at the Discussion Forum and will engage in a discussion with classmates regarding Screen Capture tool deemed to be "best" for use in developing just-in-time training materials. Participation in discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

Screenr Screencasting Assignments 

Students will download the free screen- casting tool, Screenr, and create a screencast on the topic of their choice; screencast must be designed for just-in- time training delivery. Students will follow the instructions provided for saving and storing the completed screencasting assignment. Screenr Screencasting Assignment will be evaluated using the Screenr Screencasting Rubric. 

50 pts.

Just-in-Time Training Activity, Exercise, or Project Using Multimedia Program/eLearning Content Authoring Tool 

Students will use the multimedia Program or eLearning Content Authoring tool of their choice to create one activity, exercise, or project for just-in-time delivery via corporate networks, CDs/DVDs, and/or the Web. Completed assignments should be uploaded to the Just-in-Time Training Activity, Exercise, or Project dropbox. Completed activity, exercise, or project will be evaluated using the Multimedia/eLearning Content Authoring Tool Rubric. 

100 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion, The Use of Games for Just-in-Time Training 

Students will review several games templates in Module 3 of this course (and may download any other free games templates designed for use in the online environment they so desire). Students will then participate in a Discussion regarding the potential use of games in the just-in- time training area. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

Quiz Game for Just-in-Time Training Delivery 

Students will select one of the games templates from the Course Content (or one of their choosing from the Internet) and create a Quiz Game designed to deliver a just-in-time training review. This Quiz Game will be included in students' completed eTraining Course. The completed Quiz Game should be uploaded to the Quiz Game: From Game to Just-in-Time
Training Tool dropbox. Completed quiz games will be evaluated using the Quiz Game Rubric. 

50 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion, What is Mobile Learning (m-Learning)? 

Students will participate in a Discussion in which they attempt to define mobile learning BEFORE attempting any research or reading in the area. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion, The Challenges of Mobile Learning 

Students will participate in a Discussion in which they attempt to identify the potential challenges confronting trainers thinking of incorporating or attempting to incorporate mobile learning into their etraining environment. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

Learning Mobile Author- Created eTraining Module Assignment 

Students will review a minimum of THREE (3) Learning Mobile Author programs and select ONE (1) program to use to create an e-training application for just-in-time delivery via portable devices (i.e., cell phones, iPods, PDAs, etc.). Completed eTraining Mobile Module will be saved and stored as part of completed eTraining Course and submitted as per instruction. Completed eTraining Mobile Module will be evaluated using the Mobile Just-in-Time Training Module Rubric. 

60 pts.

Threaded Group Discussion, Using Recorded Online Lectures for Just-in-Time Training Delivery 

Students will engage in a Discussion focusing on the possible use of recorded lectures, meetings, and/or demonstrations in a just-in-time training module, course, etc. Students will be examining Google Wave, DimDim, and WiZiQ as potential eLearning Content Authoring tools or programs that might be useful in creating recorded lectures, demonstrations, and/or meetings. Participation in the discussion will be evaluated using the Discussion Rubric. 

25 pts.

eTraining Course Assignment 

Students will create a fully developed eTraining Course that will include a minimum of FOUR (4) multimedia tools and/or eLearning Content Authoring programs and one mobile learning activity. The focus should be on just-in-time training needs. Project will be evaluated using the eTraining Course Rubric. 

200 pts.
Total points 1440 pts.

All materials developed for use in a student's eTraining Course must be free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In addition, students must exercise judgment in using materials obtained from the Internet. Where appropriate, all copyrighted and trademarked material must be indicated as such. Plagiarism, cheating, or other forms of academic misconduct are sufficient grounds for assignment of a grade of "F" for the course. In addition, any guidelines in place at the student's degree-granting institution will also be followed in reporting the act of academic dishonesty to appropriate personnel.

Academic misconduct can encompass plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, or facilitating any such act. For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply.

(1) Plagiarism. The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one's own without proper acknowledgment.

(2) Cheating. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours.

(3) Fabrication. Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

(4) Facilitation. Helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the institutional code of academic misconduct. 

Grading Scale:
Letter GradePercentTotal Points
A90-1001296-1440
B80-891152-1282
C70-791008-1138
D60-69864-994
F<60<864

 

Assignments and Projects:
Class Participation:

Students are expected to participate in all interactive aspects of this course. Students must communicate with other students in the chat room. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource and to use the Course Help Desk via the Course Management System Discussion Forum as a means of participating in the Course Learning Community. Students must check the course Help Desk frequently for announcements, and students must actively participate in threaded discussion events. Points are earned for threaded discussions. Students are also encouraged to post anonymous tips to the Course Suggestion Box to assist the instructor in determining the flow of the course and whether any mid-course changes might be necessary. 

Late Policy:

Assignments are due when specified. Late assignments will not be accepted. Course Management System Dropbox for assignments will be set for closing dates/times. Assignments cannot be uploaded after the specified due date/time as the Course Management System Dropbox will be closed. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:

RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications

Email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members

Discussions:

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Library

The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.


Last Revised on May 22, 2017