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Learning Unit Development

scienceBlogScience Insight Blog Developed a custom WordPress site that allows users to easily upload and maintain multimedia resources (text, videos, audio files, images, digital posters) and graphically reflects the department’s areas of research.

    • Purpose: Provide an informational site that can be accessed on the web and viewable on touch screens throughout the building
      • Ability to modify data presented in real-time
      • Provide insight into student and faculty research
      • Attract students to program
    • Target Population: Dartmouth community and beyond
  • Tools:  WordPress, Fireworks, Dreamweaver
  • Plugins: All-in-one Event Calendar, GRAND Flash Album Gallery, Broken Link Checker, Tooltips, wiki, Google Map plugin, iPad swipe plugin, News Announcement scroll

medSchoolTemplateOnline Human Anatomy Learning Module – Develop a method for: 1) keeping the online Human Anatomy Learning Modules site uniform in appearance; 2) reducing the amount of time required to add/modify content; 3) making the site mobile device friendly.

  • Approach: The following site enhancements and support tools were created for this project:
  • A master CSS3 sheet was developed for the site
  • HTML 5 master templates developed for site content
  • Table based style elements were removed and replaced with structural tags, divisions and pseudo-classes
  • Target Population: Medical students at Dartmouth and beyond
  • Tools:  Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop

multimodelMultimodal Writing Site: The site was developed to provide  students with scaffolding or the blog activity assigned in their Writing with Media course. The site itself serves as a project example and provides resources for the design and development of their projects.

  • Student Assignment: The blog that you will produce for this course will be the place where you can practice and experiment with multimodal composition.  You will be free to create a blog on anything topic you like.  The only requirements are: that your blog is tied together by a set of questions or ideas to be explored, that each of your posts pursues and analyzes a question or claim, and that each of your posts will employ several modes.
    In other words, it won’t be enough to just write your blog.  You’ll need to include images, videos, and podcasts.  You’ll also want to think very carefully about the design of your blog.  What will you call it?  What tone will you take?  What design elements will you employ?  Remember that this blog will be public.  It should keep its audience in mind.  It should look professional.  It should be something that you can continue to develop after the course ends.
    Blog posts will be due every Monday.  You can post more frequently, if you like.  You will also be asked to read, critique, and respond to your classmates’ blogs (not all of them; rather I will assign you different blogs to read as the term progresses).  Every student can elect to take one Monday off — choose any Monday you want that suits your schedule.
  • Tools:  WordPress, Fireworks

Oral History Wiki – This course focuses on the experiences of Latino-Mexican, Central American, Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican – transnational migrants living in the United States.  The main applied assessment instrument in the course is the creation of an oral history project.  While the students really enjoy the project, the instructor has a personal interest in also making the knowledge available for a wider public.


stuProj-300x239I worked with the faculty member to convert the traditional paper submissions for the oral history projects into a technology rich online activity. Each student was provided with a private wiki within the learning management system to develop his or her stories. Once the stories were finalized the student sites were made available to the rest of the class for review and comment. The students also used the wiki to present their project experience to the class at the end of the term.

The student wikis will be exported from the learning management system and posted to a departmental resource site that will be made available to the public.

  • Course: LATS 44/ANT 33 – Crossing Over: Latin Migrant Roots and Transitions
  • Tools: Blackboard, Learning Objects Wiki tool, Adobe Acrobat, Movie Maker, Audacity
  • Assessment Method: Individual student Wikis graded with a comprehensive rubric

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Academic Integrity Tutorial – this tutorial was designed for the library and Student Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage to assist with student education. Click here to view learning unit.

  • Tools: Lectora X.5 by Trivantis, Audacity, Fireworks5
  • Technology: HTML4, CSS2

Teaching Styles Assessment – self guided tutorial designed to assist an instructor in assessing their personal teaching style(s).  Click here to view the interactive unit.

  • Tools: Captivate 5, Audacity, Fireworks5

Blackboard Student Tutorials – tool specific learning units to assist students with using the learning management system. The units were designed as demonstration and practice activities. Units could be viewed  prior to logging into Blackboard or faculty could provide links to the units in the “Getting Started” modules of their courses.

Allied Health Learning Units – To develop a series of interactive learning units to assist students with medical terminology, lab math and A&P.

Human Services Case Study – Created a series of rural treatment strategies interactive cases to expose urban students to the unique cultural issues of native villagers in Alaska. Click here to view a pdf of the unit.

  • Technology: XHTML 1.0, CSS 1 for layout and styles, Javascript to manage corner rounding on pages
  • Tools: Dreamweaver5 for content and page management, Captivate5 for interactive case modules, Fireworks for image manipulation, SnagIt for screen captures, Adobe Soundbooth to record and modify audio files

Multimedia Professional Portfolio Tutorial – This site helps individuals plan, organize, and develop a digital/ multimedia portfolio which will showcase your experience/background.

  • Technology: XHTML 1.0, CSS 2 for layout and styles, action script
  • Tools: Dreamweaver CS3 for content and page management, Fireworks CS3 for image manipulation, Flash for sample portfolios

Gagne and the Boys –This site is based on a WebQuest developed by Bernie Dodge. The product was created to assist instructional design students with the study of selected learning theories.

  • Tools: Dreamweaver CS2 for content and page management, Fireworks CS2 for image manipulation

Mad Hatter – Site was developed to teach students about Edward deBono’s “Six Thinking Hats” critical thinking method.

  • Tools: Dreamweaver5, Fireworks5
  • Technology: HTML4, CSS2

Online Research Quest – This site was designed to assist incoming freshman with online research techniques.

  • Tools: Dreamweaver5, Fireworks5
  • Technology: HTML4, CSS2

WebQuest Design Tutorial – This site was designed for students in my Foundations of Instructional Technology and Technology in Education courses. The site teaches them how to develop Web based learning units.

  • Tools: Dreamweaver5, Fireworks5
  • Technology: HTML4, CSS2

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