MUS 173 Basic Studio Techniques Online
Project Final Defense by Tim Heldt
Candidate for Masters of Science degree in Education, Educational Technology
Date: March 3rd 2011
Time: 1 PM
Location: E331 (Education Building) or http://edtech.na5.acrobat.com/timothyheldt/
Committee Members: Dr. Andy Hung, Dr. Kerry Rice and Dr. Chareen Snelson
The number of college students taking courses online is increasing at a rate that is nearly ten times faster than on-site course enrollment (Moore, 2009). Colleges are responding by offering a greater number of courses online in a wider variety of subjects. This paper documents the systematic instructional design of an interactive and dynamic college level online course in audio production that was commissioned by a large Midwest community college.
Online instruction that uses a blend of instruction methods that have resulted from a systematic instructional design process have been found to be more effective than traditional instruction methods alone (Moore & Kearsley, 1996). These specific blends of instruction methods accommodate the different learning styles of online students, which results in more effective instruction.
The first stage of this project was to identify an instructional design model to use for course development. The next stage was to research appropriate online instruction methods and theories for multimedia instruction and to identify applicable online course standards. The third stage was to create the course guided by this research while adhering to the online course standards. The fourth stage was a formative evaluation consisting of an evaluation by the college’s distance learning team and an evaluation by three subject matter experts followed by a revision process. This has resulted in a college approved nine module online course rich in multimedia instruction that meets current online course standards.