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Designing and Evaluating Online Multimedia, Gaming and Simulation Projects

James Yocom (Indiana University, USA)
Marianne S. Castano Bishop (Indiana University South Bend, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 10:45am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Asia 5
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 10
Virtual Session

Participants work through the design of multimedia/gaming assignments and learn to use free web-based tools to create a rubric that may be used to evaluate a student-produced game, simulation or media project.

Extended Abstract

Students are increasingly sophisticated in their ability to produce and share video, audio, digital images and games online. This creates an unprecedented opportunity for faculty to assign online multimedia projects as part of coursework. However, the challenges of managing diverse technologies, group assignments, and online distribution and evaluation can be daunting. This session guides faculty and professional development staff through the process of designing and evaluating realistic and effective project coursework.

As the presenters discuss concepts related to the design of effective multimedia coursework (such as team roles, a means of monitoring progress, technical resources, and a plan for managing technology), participants add those components to their own practice assignment. Next, participants are guided through the use of free online tools to create a weighted rubric that addresses issues specific to multimedia, including weight given to content vs. production values, and the grading of teams vs. individuals.

Participants in this workshop will gain added confidence and a positive attitude toward multimedia project coursework in online classes.

Lead Presenter

Jim Yocom is Director of Instructional Media Services for Indiana University South Bend where he is active in video production, game development, and multimedia content development. His intuitive approach and knack for explaining technology in an understandable way have resulted in frequent invitations to speak at local and international conferences on topics related to online learning, technology, and digital storytelling. As a teacher, musician, and storyteller, Jim is happiest when he is making a difference through images, sound, and words.

ÒIncreasing Engagement with Student-Created VideoÓ
29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison Wisconsin, 2013

ÒVideo Podcasts for Teaching and Learning: Development Challenges and BenefitsÓ
10th Annual Midwest Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2009

ÒiPods in the Teaching LaboratoryÓ
The 237th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, 2009

ÒDesigning and Evaluating Student Multimedia Projects in an Online EnvironmentÓ
25th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison Wisconsin, 2009

ÒProducing Instructional Video for Mobile Playback DevicesÓ
Consortium of College and University Media Centers Annual Conference, Greensboro NC,

ÒPlanning and Producing Videos: A Two-Part Workshop on Writing Scripts & Making Videos @Your LibraryÓ
36th Annual LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) Conference, 2008

ÒiPods in the Teaching LaboratoryÓ
20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, 2008

ÒMaking movies @ IU South BendÓ
American Library Association, Washington, DC, June 21-27, 2007