Purposefully Using Media to Improve Educational Experience

Concurrent Session 2

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Media can be a great learning tool or a detriment and stumbling block. We will gather participant concerns about media usage, address the concerns, and share examples of good media usage on various budgets.


Shelleen Ockler has enjoyed the challenge of delivering courses that are accessibly globally especially where internet and other resources like electricity are a limited commodity as well as to her local community . Building courses that support all levels of understanding and knowledge base is a challenge that keeps her motivated. She has spent years working with higher education after working in k-12 education for a number of years. Working to make the learning experience in each course a best fit for the the individual learner while building the community of education is what drives her. Her years spent working in K-12 to help students helping expand their educational options both for rural areas and larger schools was an educational experience that informed her work at BYU-Idaho online and her current work at BYU Online.
Senior Instructional Designer at BYU
Jessica Bryan received her Bachelor's degree in French and German teaching from Brigham Young University, and then went on to receive her Master's degree in second language teaching. She taught as adjunct faculty for several years and helped create content and curriculum for high school as well as university level courses. Jessica is currently an instructional designer, who designs world language courses for Brigham Young University.

Additional Authors

I am currently working as a Senior Instructional Designer for Brigham Young University. I have been building online/blended courses for 14 years.

Extended Abstract

There are many media options to enhance the educational experience but how much is too much? When does it become a distraction or even a stumbling block? How do you know when to use media and what type to use? When is the cost of building the media worth the effort and time to build it? We will share our findings and examples to help answer these questions.


We will review best practice guidelines for the use of media objects in online courses to ensure intentional and purposeful outcomes.

We will explore concerns that participants have with the use of media and share an array of media solutions we have found to improve learning in our courses. We will share how we have moved beyond the recorded lectures of the past to an interactive, supportive learning environment using a variety of media options. Purposeful, intentional use of media assets allows for support of individual learning needs while enhancing the experience of all students.


We will share:

  • how we have used media to address faculty concerns about losing the face to face magic in their courses

  • how we have increased understanding of former pain points in the courses

  • have used it rightsize the work within in the credit load of the courses


Finding intentional media based solutions for needs in courses from language, to the sciences and social sciences to business is a challenge that we've tackled with rewarding outcomes.


Level of Participation:

Attendees are encouraged to bring media questions or pain points from their courses to brainstorm solutions with each other and the presenters. Participants will walk through a media usage best practices checklist to review their use of media in their courses. They will see varied media solutions that have been implemented in higher education courses and be able to ask questions about creation, implementation, and accessibility.


Session Goals:

  1. Discuss the pros and cons of using media in the online environment.

  2. Share varied media options to enhance learning and support exploration.

  3. Work through best practices for use of media assets in educational settings.