Moving Beyond Text: Integrating Audio, Video, and Interactive Elements in the Online Classroom

Kristine Roshau”Multimedia learning is learning from words and pictures.” showed a diagram showing what happens with information when it is consumed through various multimedia methods. It’s an interesting diagram – one that I hadn’t seen before. discussing the diagram, Kristine began talking more about multiple methods of learning, as well as sthe concern about over-stimulating students. spending about 10-15 minutes talking about theory, we started getting into more LMS-specific tools and methods of moving beyond text. Her institution uses Blackboard, but similar tools should be available with other LMS platforms. She shows a quick slide of Flickr integration within Blackboard (called “mashups”) and what you can do with the mashups without ever having to leave the LMS.Aside from the built-in tools, you can utilize various HTML tools, such as Google Maps, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc. It doesn’t involve any more knowledge than just being able to copy and paste. Kristine said, “They (the service providers) want you to use their content. What she doesn’t mention, is that it’s only with appropriate permissions. This is an important detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. Just because the provider wants you to use their content, doesn’t mean the content creator wants you to. Be sure to get permission from the content creator.In addition to using web-based tools to create content, Kristine goes back to using tools, like Kaltura, for lecture capture. While her institution uses Kaltura, any/other lecture capture tools would be useful. Obviously, doing a voice-over-PowerPoint presentation isn’t very engaging, it is a way of doing 2 delivery methods (text on slides and audio), which meets the basic definition of “multimedia learning.”Kristine then goes into some info about OERs (open educational resources). OER is more than just textbooks, you can find open course, Creative Commons material that includes, videos, games, assessments, handouts, etc.

  • Softchalk Share
  • Khan Academy
  • Creative Commons

The only one that was new to me (and others) is She showed some screenshots from where you can filter and sort OERs by type, rating, etc. She does indicate that some/most of the OERs can’t be directly integrated into the LMS – you’d have to use links to external sites. Not a bad trade-off for a free resource. of Kristine’s faculty have indicated that they feel “restricted” in their LMS and want to look at alternate delivery methods. Some examples include Google Sites, Softchalk Create, Adobe Presenter, Techsmith Relay. Some of these I have tried, but I really don’t think any of these are an alternate to the LMS.Alternate Presentation Tools

  • iSpring
  • Sway
  • Adobe Presenter

The last part of this presentation was focused on UDL and accessibility. There have been a lot of sessions that cover accessibilty and UDL this year, which is great, but I wasn’t expecting it to be in this session. I suppose it is unavoidable though. There was 1 thing that was new to me in this, however:, not a bad session. Was expecting/hoping for more live examples of how some of her courses used these multimedia approaches, but there were certainly things that could be utilized later on (like the YouTube reference above). I just have to remember to use the tools…

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