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Course Syllabus


EDU 6618                                           Advanced Multimedia Production  
Course Number                                                                        Course Title

Cynthia W. Sparks, Ed. D.                Term II  2002 02/22,23; 03/8,9; 03/15,16
Instructor                                                                                  Term/Dates

MEETING DATE AND TIME:       Friday, 4:30-9:30, Saturday 8:00-6:00.  Students must check in at the quarterdeck for each class session.

CONSULTATION HOURS: Dr. Sparks will be available in the assigned classroom before and after each class session.  She may be reached at 421-7346 (H) or 547-0153 ext. 199 (W).

E-mail address:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an advanced course in computer based multimedia interactive course design.  The course integrates course design software, multimedia authoring, web design and presentation graphics in the development of a multimedia lesson or course.  The course concentrates on the total instructional process culminating in a complete multimedia class delivered either by disk or Internet.  Students develop their own video and audio elements learning the complete production process necessary for multimedia instructional products.

Prerequisites:  EDU 6605, 6606, 6607 or permission of the instructor.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course students will:

        Acquire a technology vocabulary and knowledge of computer concepts.

        Acquire an understanding of the impact of computers on classroom instruction.

        Develop competence with and understanding of the role computers fill in the educational process.

        Develop competence in using computers in the area of education.

        Develop a theoretical rationale for the use of computers in education.  

        Demonstrate an understanding of the primary application of computers in education.

        Gain exposure to real life experiences in designing and using multimedia computer applications.

        Gain exposure to uses of and be able to evaluate software for educational application.

        Demonstrate the ability to integrate multimedia computer applications into specific content areas.

Students will fulfill the requirements for the Virginia Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel:

            Standard 1       Operate a computer system and utilize software

            Standard 2       Apply knowledge of terms associated with educational computing and technology

Standard 4       Use electronic technologies to access and exchange information.

Standard 5       Identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate instructional technology-based resources (hardware and software) to support SOL and other instructional objectives.

Standard 6       Use educational technologies for data collection, information management, problem solving, decision making, communications, and presentations within the curriculum.

Standard 7       Plan and implement lessons and strategies that integrate technology to meet the diverse needs of learners in a variety of educational settings.

TEACHING METHODS: This course will be taught in a computer lab with hands on activities. The class will require participation from students in exploring various ways to use multimedia computer applications, presentation tools, and the Internet to integrate technology into classroom instruction.  This class assumes that students have mastery of the basic skills of the four basic application programs. This is an advanced class is multimedia use in the classroom and on the web.   Students should also be familiar with web based computer applications (i.e. HTML and web authoring tools). Students will be using these programs to create integrated learning experiences for the classroom. 

GRADING POLICY:            There will be a final exam that counts 25 % and demonstrates studentís skills.  A research paper (case study) on a topic of the studentís choice which counts 25%.  A multimedia project (35%)--The development of an integrated multimedia project that demonstrates student skills with video, audio, presentation, and web development.  This may be delivered over the web or by disk.  Each class member will present the multimedia project 10%.  Attendance 5%.

Guidelines for Research Paper/Case Study

1.         Identify an educational environment or topic related to instructional technology appropriate for a review.  The topic for study can relate to any concept that you wish to study related to technology in your particular job.

2.         The length of the paper will depend on the depth of your study but will be double spaced with an introduction, purpose, summary, and bibliography.

3.         Research must be written according to the APA Publication Manual.

4.         Each paper will include an Executive Summary as the opening page of the paper.

Guidelines for Multimedia Project and Presentation.

1.         Identify a topic for instruction which incorporates instructional technology into a lesson or course.

2.         Plan and design the lesson(s) or course to meet the design specifications discussed by the instructor.  These projects must incorporate the use of presentation software, video, and audio as well as other instructional techniques.  These projects may be presented over the Internet (as a web page) or by disk.  These multimedia projects are expected to be interactive, i.e., they require active participation on the part of the learner.

3.         The presentation of the multimedia project requires the use of a PowerPoint presentation on the project elements.  The projects will be presented at the last class session.


REQUIRED TEXT:  None.  Web site address will be supplied where all handouts and notes will be posted.

CLASS SCHEDULE:           





E-mail, the web as a classroom tool; Introduction:  What is Multimedia?

Establish an e-mail account and E-mail the instructor giving her the address and a self-assessment of your computer skills and experiences.


Graphics and Animation

Create a simple animation using a graphic that might become the design logo for your Multimedia Project.


Web Design: CSS and Image Mapping

Create a web design that uses CSS


Graphic Design Principles; PowerPoint to the Edge

Create a PowerPoint presentation on your Multimedia project


Video and Audioópros and cons

Finish the revisions of Multimedia project


Final Project presentations

Final Exam (afternoon)*

Multimedia Project and research paper due.

*Schedule of Presenters to be determined.

RECOMMENDED READING:      Vaughan, Tay.  Multimedia:  Making It Work.  1998. Current articles from periodicals dealing with instructional technology. 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:          Any student whose disabilities fall within ADA must inform the instructor at the beginning of the term of any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES: Students who have or may be dealing with a disability or learning difficulty should speak with the instructor or contact the Office of Student Services at 451-8202.

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