Artifact Introduction: For our first project in my multimedia class, we were to create a static multimedia tutorial. This project is a tutorial that uses various medias, in this case, graphics and texts that are static or immobile. I decided to create a Google Drive Tutorial for my fourth-grade students to use at the beginning of the school year.
Learning Objective: After viewing the tutorial, students will be able to access Google Drive and create folders within it.
Design Notes: First, I decided to create a Google Drive tutorial because this is something that students introduced to in fourth grade at my school and have struggled with in the past. Having a tutorial will guide them whenever they need it, even if I am not available to help. To create this tutorial I used the program Clarify-it. This program is very user-friendly, allowing users to insert screenshots, images, text, and an assortment of other shapes & then manipulate all of these, to create a valuable, personalized, document. I then went through the process of accessing and creating folders in Google Drive myself taking screenshots after each step. This experience was very eye-opening because I realized that there were so many steps that students have to follow, and when unfamiliar with these steps, a lot of guidance is needed. After ordering the screenshots and cropping the ones that did not require a full screen, I organized the document by numbering and titling each screenshot. I wrote text to go along with the screen shots ensuring that it was short, concise, yet clear enough for fourth graders to follow. I placed the text in green boxes that are easy to see, with red arrows to clearly point to what the text is referring to. Finally, I went through the tutorial several times making minor changes to ensure that it followed the multimedia and contingency principles we have learned.
Principles: This project demonstrates the multimedia and contiguity principles. The multimedia principle asks graphics to be relevant to the instructional purpose. This principle also states that “visuals, as well as words [need to be] planned together” (Clark and Mayer, 2011, p.71). This ensures that learners are leveraging dual channels to engage in active learning by connecting new information to prior knowledge. The contiguity principle goes further to ask for both the graphics and text to be organized in such a way that they are within close to one another, which eliminates the need for the learner to waste cognitive processing. In this project, both principles are demonstrated with graphics and text planned together and nearby one another. Overall, this was a well-designed tutorial on how to access and create folders within Google Drive demonstrating the multimedia & contiguity principles.
Project: Google Drive Tutorial