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Damien Drohan's design narrative
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30 March 2015
Title Video Tutorials: Condensing Words
I am a learning technologist, showing students how to interact with our online courses.
I was trying to show students how to use a particular piece of software in the clearest and easiest way possible. The students were using our VLE to submit an assignment. Many were students with poor technical skills and were out of education a long time. Submitting an assignment is a high stakes activity and I wanted to keep it as clear as possibble.
Teach students how to submit a written assignment via Turnitin and be able to check if it submitted correctly, and also view feedback from lecturers.
I decided on a 2 tiered approach. I would first hold a class tutorial, covering the system with the students, Then I would have them work through an example themselves.
Following the class, I would have backup instructions in the form of a video and written instructions with screenshots.
This system was then implemented. The effect of the lesson was overall positive, with some students making some unexpected errors which I had to correct in class. I then had to amend the other instructions to account for these errors and point out how to avoid them.
I reflected that it took quite a lot of time to come up with this lesson, but that it was worth it as it cleared up any ambiguity on something that causes students a lot of stress. I plan to implement this system for any other technical instructions that I give to studets.