Provides a step-by-step tutorial for instructors who wish to create their own interactive tutorials. It includes information about how to make tutorials accessible to students with visual or auditory disabilities. Provides a short guide to creating tutorials using Adobe Connect. Considerations addressed include creating a storyboard, capturing screen casts, recording audio/video, using Adobe Connect, and more.
Type of Material:
As a preliminary review prior to creating a tutorial using Adobe Connect.
Tested on Internet Explorer 7, FireFox 3, and Google Chrome 4. Requires Adobe Flash plugin. Reviewer used version 10.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Users will learn to create tutorials. They will also learn how to make tutorials accessible to those with visual or auditory disabilities. They will also learn about how to use Adobe Connect.
Target Student Population:
Faculty, librarians or anyone interested in creating online tutorials
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No requirements to understand the basic principles for creating a tutorial. Knowing how to capture screen casts, audio/video, and working within Adobe Connect will require additional knowledge, or a self motivation and comfortableness learning new technology.
This tutorial provides the information in a clear and concise way. It uses screencasts to show users exactly what they will need to do to create their own tutorials. Handouts and notes are available. Provides principles to consider when creating an online tutorial. Also, mentions useful software to use in conjunction with Adobe Connect.
many factors are addressed—screen capturing, storyboards, audio/video recording. The result is broad coverage of several considerations, but not sufficient details. 3 minutes of a 13+ minute tutorial is spent on the Adobe Connect software.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Learning objectives are clearly identified at the beginning of the tutorial, and the tutorial progresses in a logical sequence. Tutorial engages a variety of learning styles and provides the ability to download handouts of the points covered. The approach is simple and brief. Good introductory page mentioning topics to be discussed. Upon completion, viewer will understand the broad principles to consider when making a tutorial.
Students will learn basic principles. Specific details for how to capture audio and video, and use Adobe Connect,need additional information
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Navigation of the tutorial is intuitive, but the tutorial also begins with a quick guide to how to navigate it. It also points out special features available such as notes and handouts. There is a search function if users want to review a specific area covered in the tutorial without rewatching the entire tutorial. Well displayed outline, showing all parts of the tutorial and lengths. Viewer can easily jump from section to section. Handouts are provided for download on many of the outlined sections.
Viewer must click on each of the individual sections to view the content. Preferable is automatic progression, where the viewer can start the tutorial and it will proceed automatically until completed.
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