The project’s concept developed out of a realization during our conversion to semester curriculum planning. We discovered we had more material than we could actually deliver instruction for in the classroom. The problem was mostly due to the shortened class periods that do not allow the time for the depth of coverage we are used to offering.
We determined that the oral communication component would need to be taught, planned, drafted and assessed outside of class time. We view this as our “problem.”
Fortunately, some of the instructional staff had seen students’ technical presentations in video format from other universities. After some research, we decided we should move to anytime/anywhere delivery of the instruction about digital media software, about planning and drafting the presentations, and about preparing the final presentation. We also plan to give students access to the software anytime/anywhere.
This approach saves instructors time in class since the instructional modules we plan to create will be viewed outside of class by the students.This plan also allows students to learn new software and both the common oral presentation techniques and the new digital media techniques in an anytime/anywhere format.
We anticipate the students will also enjoy learning the software and find it easier to learn and use than we, the instructors do.