Evidence of Effectiveness:
In evaluations of the Spring, 2013 course, students provided qualitative feedback about their experience with the online simulated counseling center environment, including the following comments: “Compared to other online courses, I am surprised at how much I like the interactive setup of this course,” “There are lots of resources at my fingertips,” “All the information and assignments that I have navigated through was well thought out and developed,” “The ‘mock clinic’ has been a great visual for me as I navigate Sakai,” “It almost feels like an in-person class in some ways!” and “I love the office and the amount of effort that [the instructor] has put into this online course to make it a good experience.” Additionally, quantitative data from the online class was compared over a four year period as taught by the same instructor who utilized a similar format of course delivery. Noteworthy findings included a significant increase in student endorsement of their enjoyment of the course (79% as opposed to 65% the previous year) and reduced difficulty in understanding the online format of the course (12% vs. 42% the previous year).
How does this practice relate to pillars?:
The current practice is most closely tied to both “Student Satisfaction” and “Learning Effectiveness.” The multimedia platform provides strong visual cues to supplement text-based learning of course content. Note also the student comments from the previous section ("Evidence of Effectiveness") about potential for learning and increased student satisfaction with the course.
Equipment necessary to implement Effective Practice:
Aside from knowledge of the web-based online program used (in this case, Sakai), a web-design program such as Dreamweaver is needed to create meaningful links between photos and other multimedia-based content. Because high resolution photographs enhance the visual dynamics of the setting, a suitable camera is also needed.
Estimate the probable costs associated with this practice:
Between $400 and $800 would be needed to purchase the Dreamweaver software program and a high-resolution camera.
References, supporting documents:
The attached manuscript titled, A Multimedia-Rich Platform to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning in an Online Environment,” provides a thorough description of the multimedia practice, photographs from the project, and a dedicated Reference list.