Project MInD: Multimedia Instructional Development

 

(HCC=s First Step Toward An Electronic Community College)

 

Proposal: To provide training in the use and development of interactive, CD-ROM-based multimedia and Internet instructional materials for HCC faculty, staff, and students for both on campus, off campus and distance learning instruction.

 


I Background

a) The Project and the College=s Mission

According to the mission statement in the 97-98 catalog

AHillsborough Community College, a publicly supported, locally governed, comprehensive community college, is committed to providing educational opportunities primarily for the residents of Hillsborough County.....the purpose of the College is to prepare students to respond to the demands of today=s rapidly changing society and the technological advances of the future.@ ....

The rapid growth of technological capability is permeating every facet of the nations workplace; our graduates must be able to enter the workplace in its current state and keep pace with technological advances changing the work environment. Education that does not include training in the use and development of multimedia instructional materials shortchanges the student. However, because of its recentcy of development, our educational personnel have little or no experience with its use and development. This project is intended to provide this necessary training for faculty, staff, and students. In particular, through special incentives, the project will strongly encourage and support the development of multimedia instructional materials in all disciplines.

b) The Project and the College=s Goals

This project will assist in our strive toward excellence by addressing four of our thirteen institutional goals: 1,3,4, and 5.

 

Goal 1: Provide additional opportunities for students to develop their intellectual potential both inside and outside the classroom.

Through incentive grants, discussed below, Project MInD will encourage HCC faculty to develop and integrate CDROM-based multimedia and instructional materials into the learning environment of their classrooms. In this way students will have an opportunity to experience the learning support available through these media. Additionally, participation in Project MInD workshops to learn how to develop materials will help students expand their understanding of the power and possibilities inherent in this media.

 

Goal 3: Review and modify the curriculum to assist students in being successful in their endeavors upon completion of the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree, certificate programs, and continuing education.

Goal 4: Review the Colleges educational programs in order to determine which should be targeted for enhancement and growth so that the needs of the students and community can be met.

Project MInD will encourage faculty to review their own courses as well as cluster curricula to determine where this new media will provide increased effectiveness of the learning environment. Through Incentive grants faculty will be encouraged to develop CDROM-based and Internet instructional materials appropriate to their curricula. In this manner not only curricula, but also educational programs will be reviewed and, where appropriate, revised.

 

Goal 5: Encourage initiatives, which will increase business/industry partnerships and programs.

Through Project MInD, the HCC Asymetrix Training Center (ATC), Internet and workshops, we will provide training in the use and development of CD-ROM-based, multimedia and Internet instructional materials for employees in business and industry, by training their Atrainers@ or directly to their employees or providing student interns to these companies.

 

c) The Project and the Instruction Technology Plan

 

The Instructional Technology Committee (ITC) has proposed a plan for development and implementation of Instructional Technology courses at Hillsborough Community College. Two of the five major components of the ITC plan most applicable to this project are:

  • The institution must supply computers to faculty who use or plan to use computers in their classroom.
  • Training programs on hardware and software must be made available to faculty.

With the president’s initiative to provide computers for all faculty (120 in 1997-98) and the remaining faculty in 1998-99, the faculty will have computers in their offices. The proposed Instructional Technology Center would have two subunits: Instructional / Faculty Development, and Technical Support for Academic Services. The Development Unit has two major sub-areas: Instructional Development, and Education and Training. One of the major tasks of the first area is instructional design support for courseware development. The second area primarily focuses on in-service training and formal credit course work for faculty and staff. The ITC plan addresses six of the criteria for accreditation by SACS of which Distance Learning Programs (4.5), Professional Growth (4.8.7), and Information Technology Resources and Systems (5.3) are most relevant to this proposed project.

In December 1995, as part of the development of multimedia training and consonant with the ITC plan, the College entered into a partnership agreement with Asymetrix Corporation establishing an Asymetrix Authorized Training Center (ATC) for their products.

This proposed project is consistent with the ITC plan, and will support fulfillment of the College=s agreement with Asymetrix Corporation. It addresses multimedia training for faculty and staff and courseware development for campus and distance learning projects. Project Mobius under the direction of Mr. Michael Rebaut has delivered the Internet to the classroom and the faculty offices. The College’s Computer Center offers in-service training in basic computer literacy for employees in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software. Multimedia and HTML/JavaScript are not a portion of the college’s in-service training. Project MInD is the mechanism for the initial implementation of the ITC Plan, supplementing the existing college programs.

 

d) Summary

Our mission statement and institutional goals, the DOE/FSPD guidelines, and SACS accreditation criteria require that we attempt to maintain currency with technology, through both awareness and use. Moreover, national professional organizations of educators stress the importance of active involvement of the students in the learning process. Providing support for use and development of CDROM-based multimedia instructional material would be a vehicle through which we can effectively address both these issues.

 


II Specific Project Objectives:

1)  Establish and expand the HCC-Asymetrix Authorized Training Center (ATC) to all HCC campuses.

2)  Provide the financial renewal fee (site license) for the HCC-Asymetrix agreement for three years so that the ATC receives all software updates and new products produced by Asymetrix.

3)  Provide a mechanism to support implementation of those parts of the Instructional Technology Plan (ITP) relevant to the purpose of this project through the Asymetrix ATC and Project MInD.

4)  Provide college-wide multimedia training and HTML/JavaScript training for faculty, staff, and students through the HCC Aysmetrix ATC with formal courses and non-credit workshops.

5)  Revise the existing multimedia (CGS 1871), Internet (CGS 1555), Education Technology (EME 2040) and HTML Programming (CGS 2052) to provide a credit vehicle for employee/student training through the ATC.

6) Utilize the Asymetrix multimedia products for CBT development for educators through the new instructional technology course (EME 2040) required for State teaching certificates which began at HCC Spring Term 1997 (97-1). This course is applicable for certificate renewals of licensed teachers.

7) Implement the new programming course for the new multimedia technologies curricula and modify the hypermedia environment (hyperscripting) to extend training beyond the introductory course.

8) Provide HCC faculty, staff, and students with instructional design and multimedia programming support.

9) Provide financial support for multimedia and/or Internet courseware development. (Smaller incentives for pilot modular projects; larger incentives for the transformation of entire courses into the CBT CD-ROM and interactive Internet distance learning formats). Purchase Developer=s licenses and other software for those approved projects.

10) Form an ATC committee to recommend and review software proposals for development.

11) Conduct monthly meetings of the committee to provide a formal platform for developers to present their proposals, completed or nearly completed software products.

12) Expand the number of certified ATC trainers by at least two additional full-time employees to provide local support for the Dale Mabry Campus and the Distant Learning courses of the Open College.

13) Provide financial support to update ATC trainers by providing advanced training and support to attend Asymetrix=s annual international conference for developers and certified trainers and other appropriate software training for development distance learning and classroom support materials.

14) Meet with local business and industry groups to promote HCC=s ATC and attempt to form partnerships for student-intern CBT/Internet placement in corporate training facilities.

15) Meet with k-12 teacher groups to promote teacher training through the ATC and teacher certification.

16) Seek public and private grant funding to enhance courseware development.

17) Develop and implement interactive live distance learning training sessions utilizing full screen/full motion video from the video training center to all faculty and staff at home or at their office computers during regular weekly scheduled classes.

 


III Project Procedures:

Through the ATC, this project will provide academic support in the form of training programs and workshops on the development, production and use of multimedia and interactive Internet programs.

 

a) In-House Training: Course Work

The Asymetrix ATC will provide in-house training for all faculty, administration, and staff through regularly scheduled, 3 semester-hour, classes (such as CGS 1871, CGS 1555, or EME 2040) held on the Brandon Campus or offered through Open College, and available on the Internet via Live Video broadcasts. ATC will also offer a variety of 1, 2, or 3-day workshops. Formal graduate course work will be available through Jacksonville University and the distance learning format.

Consistent with standard College policy, full-time employees and their dependents will be eligible for a tuition waiver. Part-time employees and students will pay the usual HCC tuition for a three-credit course. Offering the courses on the Brandon campus and broadcast over the Internet will facilitate and encourage participation of Honors Program students. These students will be encouraged to become software developers for courseware peer mentoring.

If the minimum number of non-waiver students have not registered, instructor compensation for the course will be supplemented from FSPD funds. Compensation for the instructor will be at the applicable Adjunct/Overload rate.

It is hoped that HCC will be able to arrange with Jacksonville University that employees who complete CGS 1871, CGS 1555, or EME 2040 will meet the university’s requirements for graduate study, will be eligible to pursue graduate credit ( in Tampa) as a continuation of formal course training. A number of mathematics faculty have been enrolled in a pilot project in mathematics through which they earn graduate credit under the University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Mathematics. The project will seek to make a similar arrangement through its MAT in Computer Information Systems (minimum of 6 students per class).

The project coordinator will submit a proposal to change CGS 1871 and CGS 1555 from A.S. credit only to college parallel credit. The new multimedia-programming course, Hyperscripting, will be utilized so as to increase the formal training by an additional 45 hours. The second course will focus on programming techniques in Toolbook=s high level language, OpenScript or use the new approved HTML/JavaScripting course for the Interactive Internet courseware development. The structures of these courses will be similar to that of HCC=s Internet (JAVA) and Visual Basic scripting courses.

b) In-house Training: Workshops

Workshops will be periodically scheduled. Projected workshops are: Introduction to Toolbook (8 hours), Introduction to Multimedia Toolbook (16 hours), Application Development with Multimedia Toolbook (24 Hours), Supplemental Exercises in Multimedia Toolbook, CBT Edition (8 hours). FSPD funds will purchase training manuals and pay the trainer the prevailing non-credit, hourly rate.

 

c) Instructor Training

The project coordinator and initial instructor for the first year will be John Taylor, HCC=s only full-time, Asymetrix Certified Trainer and Microsoft certified Web Mastering Fundamentals Trainer. FSPD funds will be accessed to at least certify two additional Asymetrix and Microsoft trainers to provide on campus trainers at Ybor and Dale Mabry campuses during the second and third years of the project. A Dale Mabry faculty member(or members) and a Ybor faculty member (or members) would be trained . after committee review and need is determined,. If the project develops as expected, each campus will have a local campus contact for project development support. During the first year, project coordinator will supervise the development of the initial 5 to 15 pilot projects as outlined below.

The project coordinator (1998-99) will also complete the Asymetrix Advanced Training Workshop to support and improve the instruction and curricula in our multimedia courses. The coordinator will combine his Advanced Training Workshop with attendance at the Asymetrix Developers Conference in the fall of 1998.

d) Courseware Development

Those employees and students completing a minimum of 45 hours of training and/or the CGS 1871, CGS 1555 or EME 2040 course may submit a proposal to the ATC committee for the development of a multimedia courseware to supplement HCC courses. The ATC committee will include all Asymetrix certified trainers, the proposed Director of Technologies (or his/her designee), the administrator supervising the ATC, interested faculty, a representative from the ITC, Mr. Mike Rebaut (or the faculty member in-charge of the Internet) and interested students . Those approved for projects will be allowed to use one of the proposed supplemental site developers licenses purchased through FSPD funds.

When the courseware is implemented and used by HCC students, the in-house developer will be compensated with a one time fee (similar to software license fee) for HCC to use the software and its updates. The developer will formally present his/her software upon completion to the ATC committee for closure and recommendation for payment. This fee will be paid through a supplemental contract. The in-house courseware developer will maintain authorship of the product and be free to sell the product to a publisher. However, HCC will maintain the rights for unlimited use of the product for its life in the curriculum. Supplemental contracts for developers, including students and part-time staff, will range from $100 to $500 depending on its pilot module complexity as determined by the committee. Upon completion and implementation of the software, the developer will be allowed to continue the use of one of the HCC Developers Site licenses for Toolbook or its update or other developer software in order to maintain his/her project and continue courseware development.

In-house developers will be eligible for more that one supplemental contract; however, the contracts may be proposed in an extended plan but must run consecutively. Students must be using the first product, before compensation for a second product can be given from FSPD funds. After the pilot module has been completed and integrated into HCC courses, the developer may propose that the additional supplemental contracts be incorporated into one overall contract to transform one HCC course into a CD-ROM distance or interactive Internet learning course as well as campus based materials to supplement instruction. Once courses have been developed for distance learning, Toolbook II Librarian or other appropriate software should be purchased to manage distance learners on the Internet.

 

e) Asymetrix Contract Renewals

FSPD funds will be utilized to pay the annual $1500 renewal fee for continuation of the HCC-Asymetrix ATC contract for three years beginning in 1998-99.

f) Project Management

The project coordinator will initiate the program in the first year with extra compensation similar to a program manager’s salary. He will continue to receive a program manager supplement for the second and/or the third year if participation by faculty merits this reward.

The Director of Instructional Technologies or his/her designee, and/or the Dean supervising the ATC will provide the overall administrative supervision of the project.

g) HyperStudio and Toolbook

The major focus of multimedia development at the Dale Mabry Campus has been CGS 1871 taught under the supervision of Dr. Dolores Pusins on the Macintosh platform using HyperStudio. Dr. Pusins is also developing instruction in HyperStudio in the Windows environment as a Toolbook/Visual Basic alternative. A Mac platform laboratory is not available at any other campus district-wide. The above FSPD supplements will also apply at the discretion of the ATC committee for Mac platform development for the participants who are specifically developing courseware to be used at Dale Mabry.

 

Additionally, the Toolbook environment is currently installed on the 10-station multimedia lab in Dale Mabry Sci 319. Therefore, Dale Mabry Campus in-house developers have the choice of either platform, and, at the discretion of the ATC committee, may be eligible for FSPD supplements.

It is proposed that if special grant funding become available in the Summer of 1998 , that Macromedia Director will also be a multimedia development environment for the newly approved multimedia A.S. degree curricula.

h) Toolbook II, HTML/JavaScript and the Internet

The growing importance of the Internet and the World Wide Web is demonstrated by the expansion of HCC=s CGS 1555, Introduction to the Internet. Only two sections on one campus were offered in the fall 1995, while nine sections at five sites were scheduled for the fall 1997 and 12 sections in the Fall of 1998. One of the course criteria for CGS 1555 is for a student to create his or her own home page in addition to researching topics on the Web. The above mentioned second course in HTML/JavaScript programming on the Internet is scheduled to be implemented in the Fall 1998 semester. The hyperscripting course in OpenScript (or Lingo for Macromedia) will be offered no earlier than Spring term 1999.

I) Business and Industry Partnerships

In addition to training their employees, local companies, such as Bausch and Lomb, TECO, and Publix will be contacted to setup a possible internship program for trained multimedia students to help develop in-company computer based training modules utilizing Toolbook. Tampa Electric Company and Publix contacted the ATC for possible training during the fall 1997 term.

 

j) K-12 Teacher Training Program

After CGS 1871 has been modified to teacher recertification standards, local K-12 teachers will be encouraged to take multimedia and Internet training through the ATC for recertification. Toolbook has been incorporated in EME 2040 as part of the basic skills course. Information about EME 2040, CGS 1555 and CGS 1871 course offerings will be distributed through mailings to local schools. Teachers will be able to develop CBT runtime products or Interactive HTML Web pages during the courses and use them at their respective schools.

 

 

IV Evaluation:

The project coordinator will submit semi-annual goals to his immediate supervisor. The coordinator will submit quarterly reports to his supervisor advising him of the progress of the project with appropriate documentation of all flyers, list of participants, workshop/course evaluations, brief semi-annual reports from each of the contracted developers, and minutes of all subcommittee meetings. The project coordinator will submit an annual report to the FSPD committee.

 


Proposed Three Year Budget:

Supplemental Activity Contracts for Developers:

1998-99    Pilot Projects/Modules $5,000
1999-00    Pilot Projects/Modules $5,000
2000-01    Pilot Projects/Modules $5,000
1998-99    CD-ROM Courseware $3,000 (1 @ $3000)
1999-00    CD-ROM Courseware $6,000 (2 @ $3000)
2000-01    CD-ROM Courseware $12,000 (4 @ $3000)
1. Supplemental Activity Contracts Total:                              $36,000

 


Administrative/Salary Costs:

1998-99   50 Hours Total of Workshops $1000 (@$20/Hr)

1999-00 100 Hours Total of Workshops $2000 (@$20/Hr)

2000-01 150 Hours Total of Workshops $3000 (@$20/Hr)

Workshop Salary Subtotal: $6000

 

Full-time/Overload Project Manager’s Supplements

1998-99  $1650 per semester x 3 semesters = $4950

1999-00  $1650 per semester x 3 semesters = $4950

2000-01  $1650 per semester x 3 semesters = $4950

Project Manager's Salary Total: $14,850

2. Salary Total:         $20,800


Instructor Training & Travel:

4. Travel ($3000/year) Total: $9,000

 


 

Required ATC Training Materials:

1998-99 10 training manual sets $ 600 ($60/set)

1999-00 20 training manual sets $1200

2000-01 20 training manual sets $1200

5. Material and Supplies Total: $3000

 


Equipment(Major)

Robotel Teaching Platform) $12000

6. Equipment Total: $12000

 


 

ATC Update License Fees:

1998-99 $1500

1999-00 $1500

2000-01 $1500

7. Other subtotal: $4,500

 

Toolbook II OR Director Licenses for Developers:

1998-99 10 CBT Developers Licenses $3800

1999-00 10 CBT Developers Licenses $3800

2000-01 10 CBT Developers Licenses $3800

 

1999-00 Toolbook II Library $2500

7. Other subtotal: $13,900

 

7. Other(Software License Fees) Total: $ 18,400

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Proposed Total Three Year Budget Summary:

1. Supplemental Activity Contracts for Developers: $ 36,000
2. Administrative/Salary Costs: $    6,000
     Program Manager’s Supplement $ 14,850
4. Instructor Training & Travel: $   9,000
5. Required ATC Training manuals $   3,000
6. Equipment $ 12,000
7. Other(ATC Renewal/Software Fees) $ 18,400
                              Grand Total: $ 99,250
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