Week 8 Signature Assignment: Careers! A MINI COURSE


UN: amfiore@gmail.com – PW: Design123!

Week 7 Activity: Storyboard and Interactive Module

This module focused on authoring tools for instructional designers. Review the e-learning author tools presented in this module.  You can use one of these free authoring tools or search online for another tool you prefer.  

Identify a learning objective or instructional need and create an e-learning module of at least 5 scenes/slides (storyboard) to fill that need.  You do not need to purchase software for this assignment, there are free trial versions available for you to choose from.  Develop your module and post a discussion of your instructional need / objective, your module URL and a 3 – 5 sentence reflection on how your module supports your objective.

I used iSpring to make this elearning module. I haven’t used this product in several years. I am amazed at how easy and intuitive it is. They did a great job of engineering it and the best part it that is it ONLINE, not a download.


Week 6 Activity: Creating digital audio

Directions:  This module demonstrated the power of a simple digital media tool like audio can be for effective learning design and development.  Whether you create your own audio files to customize your learning plan or choose some of the many existing resources to supplement your ideas, implementing digital audio to enhance learning can easily be done.

An addition to my course called Career! A mini-course would be a podcast on how to create an elevator pitch and why they are important for virtual career fairs. To participate in a virtual career fair, it is helpful to have an elevator pitch ready. The elevator pitch should be about oneself.

I created the podcast using Anchor. The only thing about the Anchor embed tags is they are not aesthetically pleasing.

Week 5 Activity: Develop your own storyboard & video

Directions:  This module extended your knowledge of digital video tools for instruction by including screencasts and animations.  This week you will develop a new video, either a screencast or an animation, and add a closed caption file to the video. 

Description of Learning Goal: This video will serve as a course description for the mini-course, Careers! The video contains the course descriptions, learning outcomes, and what students can expect in the course.

Careers, A Mini Course!

Week 4 Activity: Develop your own storyboard & video

Directions:  This module presented several tools related to the significance of developing your instructional story through storyboards.  Choose one of the storyboard templates from the resources or develop one of your own for this activity.  You will be storyboarding an instructional solution of your choice using a template to tell your tale.  Your assignment submission must address the following critical elements:

  1. Description of learning/instructional goal: Preparing for an In-Person Career Fair
  2. Single objective tied to goal: Attend a Career Fair
  3. Minimum 5 scenes in your storyboard dictating your instructional video
  4. Create and published your instructional video, 2-4 minutes, with listed license, either copyright your work or apply a Creative Commons license of your choice (publish on YouTube.  You do not need to make your video public to the world, you can select the setting to be visible only to those with the link. )

For the career fair, I made a video to remind students of the items they need in preparation. I made the video in the “old-time” vaudeville style. The storyboard was made using Powerpoint.

Week Three: Digital Images

Career Job Fair Flyer This weeks module presented the various types of digital images and editing tools you can use to create logos and edit images. For this weeks activity, you are a graphic designer tasked by a client to create a new logo and flyer / brochure / announcement for them for them.  You get to decide the scenario for this assignment; determine who is your client and the type of document you wish to create for them. Your client could be an educator, a business, University, or other organization / person which is up to you.  Your weekly submission needs to include:

      • Logo designed by you
      • Edited image by you (please be sure to use a Creative Commons license you have permission to edit;  additionally, I ask you to push yourself beyond only changing the image size or cropping an image)
      • Text and effective application of visual design principles (review from week 2)
      • Creative Commons license level of your choice

Week Two: Digital Text and Visual Design

Reflective Essay InfographicAssignment: In creating documents to use within your courses, visual design works together with content to convey a certain message and achieve a certain goal with your students.  For Part II, you are a graphic designer tasked with creating a content document for a classroom. The document should support a specific learning objective or to fill a learning gap.  For example, you might want to create an infographic on a specific topic or you might create a handout for your class. The document type and content is up to you, you will need to have at least 2 images or graphics.  Remember that designing a document is more than just making something that looks good. It is also about understanding your audience and visual design.

What is the purpose of the document?

The purpose of this document is to provide writing tips for college students taking the Career Exploration Course. This infographic will be uploaded into the course materials. The infographic is not an assignment. It is an instructional aide for one of the assignments slated for the mini-course. It is meant to be a refresher or primer on how to write a reflective essay. The course is about career exploration, not writing. I planned an instructional aide that would help students who were unfamiliar with a reflective essay.

What are the needs of the audience (students)?

Students need quick reminders to think about authoring a reflective essay. The essay will become a part of their career portfolio. The infographic is not an assignment. It is an instructional aide for one of the assignments slated for the mini-course. It is meant to be a refresher or primer on how to write a reflective essay. The course is about career exploration, not writing. I planned an instructional aide that would help students who were unfamiliar with a reflective essay.

What colors should you use and avoid?

I used two shades of blue, which were dark enough to support the white text.

How to integrate images and graphics effectively?

I used a simple clipart style graphic to illustrate the meaning of each step of reflective writing. The graphics are meant to enhance, not detract from the source material.

Visual Design Ideas

I used contrast by including two shades of a dark background with white text to help make headings and body text pop. I used repetition by having “every other” idea with one shade of blue with white text.  The information is presented in a list format for easy and quick digestion by the end-user.Getting Started With A Digital Media Checklist

Week One: Digital Media Introduction

Assignment: This week we covered the open movement, Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licenses. We reviewed freeware, shareware, Creative Commons licensing, and models for evaluating OER. As you can see there is a lot of information and different criteria to consider when reviewing Open Educational Resources in your design projects. For our Week 1 activity you are going to create a Digital Media Checklist to help you evaluate an OER or digital media prior to use. Do not worry, this is your ‘draft’ and as you progress through the course and in your expertise, I’m sure you’ll continue to update, edit and improve this document!

We put together this digital media checklist to help you understand the process and what we need from you to make the best possible digital media resources.

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that are licensed in ways that allow us to legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs include courses, textbooks, assignments, tests, projects, software, audio, video and animation.

If I were to use a digital media checklist such as the one created for this assignment at my workplace, I need the fields for accountability, such as date and URL, and exact Creative Commons statements on the resource. This will provide a level of accountability for my instructional designers to adhere.

Digital Content Checklist Submission

Digital Media Checklist

Blueprint for Success in College: Career Decision Making
Subtitle: v 1.2
Author: Dave Dillon

Career Resource Digital Media Checklist