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Justin Curtin

ETEC-570
12/10/15
Final Project
https://sites.google.com/site/webbasedvideocommunication/

Process and Justification

The process that led me to the instructional design of this course is based on observations and
interactions with members of the higher education community through the medium of web-based video
communication. Like so many well-intentioned PowerPoint presentations, Ive seen time and again poor
applications of web-based video communication as a medium or conveyance of material.

Its out of this experience that my desire to educate the masses on this under- or poorly utilized tool in
order to make for more engaging and fruitful events in future usage of such tools.

To begin the reeducate the masses, I first looked to see where the perceived gaps of knowledge existed
as they pertain to web-based video communication. First and foremost, is knowing the right tool for the
job. There are many tools and platforms available for web-based video communication, each with their
own unique capabilities and services. Many platforms are better suited to certain use-cases than others,
so its important to first figure out the objectives of a meeting, irrespective of the facilitating tool, before
you pick the platform that facilitates it.

The needs of a meeting should not depend on the platform, but too often the platform dictates the
capabilities of web-based video communication event. Learning about what different platforms are
available and what their different capabilities are will help students focus in on the platform that best
aids in facilitating the needs of that event without letting the platform dictate the event needs. Thats
why learning about different types of web-based video communication first.

From there, I will lead into the second learning objective of exploring specific platforms that facilitate
the different types of web-based video communication. With the different platform titles acting as the
outer layer of their own unique onions, further learning objectives will expand upon aspects and
features of each of the platforms.

Once a foundation of access, connectivity, and best practices for different platforms are laid out, I will
move the course towards an analytical approach to web-based video communication, where I will
introduce higher forms of connectivity, including troubleshooting of web-based video communication
platforms. Evaluation of that process will follow.

Lastly, I will capstone the course with an activity that culminates all of the knowledge and experience
developed to this point, giving students an opportunity to apply this learning towards an experience of
their own design, which will then be shared with the class. This activity will be further analyzed by
participating students as a final activity in creative thinking and evaluation.

Course Description
Justin Curtin
ETEC-570
12/10/15
This course is designed to provide an overview of various platforms used in Web-based Video
Communication and is geared towards anyone over the age of 18 that wishes to engage in Web-based
Video Communication. Successful participants in this course will have knowledge and understanding of
various platforms, their intended usage, and best practices for each.

Participating students will need a Google Account and have a working knowledge of basic Google Office
tools such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Tutorials for each can be found here, and should be
reviewed before the first meeting.

The class will meet online or in-person every Monday (time, exact start date TBD by department Chair)
for 5 weeks. See Course Schedule for more details.

Prior to in-person sessions, students will partake in ABSORB activities individually as noted the course
page for each week. The ABSORB activities will become supplemental to DO and CONNECT activities that
take place during class time. Some DO or CONNECT activities will take place virtually in a synchronous
manner using various web-based video communication tools in order to ASSESS learning.

Listing of Learning Objectives

Learn about different types of Web-based Video Communication. Video Chat, Web Conference,
Webcast. (Know, Letting learners find the solution on their own)
Learn about different platforms used in Web-based Video Communication. Skype, Hangouts,
Zoom, Blackboard, Connect, WebEx. (Know, Letting learners find the solution on their own)
Participate in a guided activity using each of the platforms described in Week 1. (Do)
Apply knowledge about the platforms described in Week 1to decide the most appropriate
platform for given Web-based Video Communication scenarios. (Decide)
Learn about best practices for each of the platforms described in previous weeks as they pertain
to Web-based Video Communication. (Feel)
Learn about audio peripherals for use in Web-based Video Communication. (Know)
Learn about best practices for audio peripherals for use in Web-based Video Communication.
(Know)
Learn about video peripherals for use in Web-based Video Communication. (Know)
Learn about best practices for video peripherals for use in Web-based Video Communication.
(Know)
Learn to integrate multimedia presentations effectively into a given Web-based Video
Communication scenario. (Know)
Learn troubleshooting techniques for local and remote Web-based Video Communication
connections. (Decide)
Create an activity for varying group sizes and activities using a platform appropriate to each.
(Create, Decide)
Perform a Web-based Video Communication activity of the students design involving the class
or a group of the students choosing. (Do)
Justin Curtin
ETEC-570
12/10/15
How Users Will Start the Course

Registration for this course will take place through the Department of Continuing Education.

Participating students will need a Google Account and have a working knowledge of basic Google Office
tools such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Tutorials for each can be found here, and should be
reviewed before the first meeting.

Once the exact time and location of course is set (a computer lab classroom on campus), the course
website and school course database will be updated accordingly. Students will also be emailed
regarding this information.

Participating students should review the ABSORB activities for week 1 prior to the start of the first class.
This action item will be included in the email described above.

The first meeting will take place in that space. Students will be given a brief orientation of the course
website and then the lesson will begin as noted on the course website.

How Users Will Proceed with the Course

Using the course website as a guide, students will participate in each activity accordingly. ABOSRB
activities should be completed before class of a given week. DO and CONNECT activities will be
supplemental to my lecture based on the learning objectives noted at the top of the webpage for each
week. I will outline and explain each DO and CONNECT activity prior to the start of that activity. Some
CONNECT activities shall be completed after class. In such instances, explanation of these activities may
be explained prior to the end of class time.

Assessment of activities will take place between classes, and grades will be emailed to students
individually.

How Users Will End with the Course

The culmination of this course will result in a large-scale activity designed and managed by students
using the skills developed in the weeks prior. Students will conduct a web-based video communication
exercise with the class, or a subset of participants in that class. The instructor will act as a passive
observer unless indicated otherwise by the requirements of the activity.

Assessment will include input from participating students as well as the instructor.

Students will end the course with a robust comprehension of Web Conferencing and its various
components.