R547:  Computer-Mediated Learning

What can we do with technology
that we could not do without it
to help students learn?

R547 Schedule

Week Date Activities and Assignments
1 May 5

Attend or view later the initial class meeting in Acrobat Connect (Tues. May 6, 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). If you miss this meeting, you can view the recording on the Acrobat Connect page after the meeting.

Introduce yourself in Google Groups in the "Introduce yourself" topic area. (You cannot access our R547 Summer 08 group until you get a free Google account if you do not already have one, apply for membership, and are accepted.) We will not use the Oncourse discussion tool, nor its Wiki, since the usability and flexibility of Google Groups is much better.

Read the article by David Merrill, Matt Barclay and Andrew van Schaak (2008): Prescriptive Principles for Instructional Design (PDF) (requires IU network ID and password).

Read my fastback, Restructuring Education Through Technology.

Get your Mentor account from your instructor with your username and initial password. Go to Oncourse and check your Oncourse mail for this information.

Install VPN and SSH2 on your computer, and change your Mentor password (see Mini-Movies in the resources).

Take the online quiz, Understanding Plagiarism at Indiana University (takes about 10 minutes). If needed, do the online tutorial and take the test.

2 May 12

Read the news release: Proper course evaluations could lead to improved teaching and learning

Evaluate a course that you have recently taken: Teaching and Learning Quality Scales (TALQ)

Read the article by Frick, Chadha, Watson, Wang & Green: College student perceptions of teaching and learning quality.

Read Merrill's Five-Star Rating Scale in the syllabus Resources. Think of a course, training session, workshop, or past educational experience where you were a student. Rate that instruction with the Five-Star Scale.

Begin thinking about an e-learning product you might create for this course, and Merrill's first principles of instruction. How would this product stand up to the Five-Star Rating Scale? Begin thinking about the instructional objective(s) for your e-learning product. Post your initial ideas in the R547 discussion forum.

Look at some examples of R547 projects from summer 2006: Understanding Creditor Statements, Inspiration Software -- Basic Introduction, Online Testing Made Easy, Tables Tutorial (for nurses).

Create a short PDF document and post it on your Mentor account (see Mini-Movies in the resources). The PDF should be your résumé or vita, if you have one. Post a link in the R547 deliverables page in Google Groups.

Start working through the Bardzell text if you need to learn about using Fireworks and Dreamweaver. Don't just read it. Do the activities with the CD-ROM provided. You'll need to pace yourself and do a little every day. You should complete the first 6 lessons by June 2.

3 May 19

Continue working through the Bardzell text, so that you feel comfortable working with Fireworks and Dreamweaver.

Define your site for your Mentor account in Dreamweaver. See Mini-Movies. This is really important to do, and if you do not define your site correctly in Dreamweaver, many features of Dreamweaver will not work right, links you make to pages and files on your website will not work for other people who access your website from another computer, etc.

Create a 'resources' subfolder in your www folder on Mentor. Restrict access to a username and password that you create. Move your PDF into the resources folder. Post a link in the R547 deliverables page in Google Groups. Be sure to put a username and password that you create and that works on your Google deliverables page, so that your instructor can login to see the restricted material. Note that this is an optional task, so if you find it too challenging right now, move on to the remaining competencies. It is more important to create your Dreamweaver template, navigation scheme and cascading style sheet.

Check with your instructor about the e-learning product you have in mind, your instructional objectives, etc., so he can give you some initial feedback. Do this in the in the R547 discussion.

4 May 26

Your instructional objectives assignment should have been posted on your Mentor account by May 26. Make a link to this on your R547 deliverables page in Google Groups.

Reading Frick & Boling: Effective Web Instruction, Chapters 1 and 2.

Continue working through Bardzell's textbook activities, lessons 1-6.

Start thinking about how you will assess mastery of your instructional objectives (due on June 2).

Create a Dreamweaver template and skeleton files for your site on Mentor (see Mini-Movies in the resources). Post a link in the R547 deliverables page in Google Groups.

5 June 2

Create an initial style sheet to be used with your Dreamweaver template (see Mini-Movies in the resources) and the Bardzell text.

Read Merrill's paper: What Makes e3 (effective, efficient, engaging) Instruction? (PDF)

Read van Merriënboer et al. articles (PDFs):

You should have posted your mastery assessment on you Mentor account no later than June 4. Post a link in the R547 deliverables page in Google Groups. The mastery assessment just needs to be a paper version describing the tasks or activities you will ask the learner to do in order to determine whether she or he has mastered your instructional objective. See Mager: Measuring Instructional Results for further info.

6 June 9

You should have completed all items on the competency checklist in the syllabus (Web publishing skills) by June 9. Post links in your R547 deliverables page in Google Groups.

Read Frick & Boling, chapters 3 and 4.

Begin working on the paper prototype for your e-learning product, due on June 20.

On June 12 and 13, you can attend the IST Colloquium on the Bloomington Campus. For details, contact the IST Department. David Merrill will be giving the keynote address on Friday, and Ted Frick will be discussing current research on teaching and learning quality.

7 June 16

Continue working on your paper prototype, due June 20.

Post this document on your Mentor account. Post a link to it in the R547 deliverables page in Google Groups.

David Merrill will be giving a keynote address and Ted Frick will be discussing his research in the AECT Summer Research Symposium, June 19-21.


June 23

Start working on your computer prototype.

Read Frick & Boling, chapter 5.

Read Krug, Don't Make Me Think, chapters 1, 4, 6 and 9.

9 June 30

Continue working on your computer prototype.

Use the Bardzell text and other resources, such as Books 24x7, as needed for accomplishing your goals in the computer prototype.

10 July 7

Complete your computer prototype on Mentor by July 7. Post a link in the R547 deliverables page in Google Groups.

Plan for your formative evaluation of the prototype with at least 3 representative users.

11 July 14

Conduct formative evaluation of your computer prototype.

Prepare your written report.

12 July 21

Complete your written report and post it in your Mentor account. Post a link in the R547 deliverables page in Google Groups.

Present your project on Breeze, July 22-25 to your instructor. With your permission, this will be recorded for others to view.

Your report is due no later than Saturday, July 26 at noon.


Department of Instructional Systems Technology
School of Education
Indiana University Bloomington