Instructional Technology


From podcasts to Pachyderm...

EESC has the expertise, tools, and commitment to assist you in the innovative use of technology for teaching, learning, and outreach both in classrooms and in distance learning environments. 

Instructional design approach

Our services use the systematic approach of instructional design to point you toward the best choice of educational media to reach your audience and meet your objectives. We can help you design, develop, manage, and evaluate your learning products.

We can add value to your educational publications through our publishing life cycle, which will analyze the potential for applying instructional technology to extend the reach of your publication.

Look to us for expertise and guidance in the design of e-learning for online courses, modules, and learning objects, using tools like Blackboard, Moodle, Pachyderm, and social media.

Do-it-yourself technology

We are a source of communication tools for instructional technology, including Flip Video cameras for easy creation of Web-delivered video. And we offer training opportunities for the application of instructional technology, both live and online at-your-own-place-and-pace.

Instructional Design

Instructional design is the science of applying tested and systematic principles of analysis, design, development, and evaluation to the creation of content that has some instructional objective. Perhaps the most well-known instructional design model is ADDIE: Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate.

EESC is able to assist you with instructional design during any phase of your project. We can help you define your project scope, timeline, audience characteristics, and objectives.

Tools are an important part of the instructional design process. Tool selection generally will be most clearly defined by project complexity, timeline, and cost.

E-learning and New Media

Multimedia frames stories and conveys information using the integration of video, images, audio, and animation. With the ever-increasing availability of broadband access, Web-based multimedia is an especially effective way to extend and enhance much of what we do at the university. EESC uses the latest multimedia authoring tools to create new media projects and where possible seeks to equip OSU faculty to use these tools as well. Please see our tools section and upcoming workshops.

EESC is also fluent with the latest social media platforms and tools. Social media helps foster engagement with students, program volunteers, and colleagues. Social media is also an indispensable tool in promoting awareness of a program and organizing communities of practice and affiliation. 

As communication educators, EESC is experienced in developing new media deliverables that are instructional in nature. When developing e-learning content, we use instructional design to ensure our deliverables match the needs of the audience and also meet instructional and programmatic objectives.   

Some of the multimedia and e-learning authoring tools we use:

Flash, Presenter, Captivate, Camtasia, Pachyderm, Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, SoundForge, Dreamweaver, and Photosynth

Some social media platforms and tools we use:

Facebook, Ning, Flicker, Twitter, Wordpress, PBworks

Recent multimedia and e-learning projects:

Social media examples:

Blog examples:

Pocket-sized Video

FlipPocket-sized video cameras like the lovable Flip---sadly no longer in production-- have become a popular source for personal video communication.  These cameras are designed to be a simple means of capturing video and easily sharing it with others. Being so simple to operate has its tradeoffs. But with the right attitude and a little care, you can get very good results.  

These cameras have minimal controls: on/off, record, zoom, and playback.  They come installed with software for sharing and editing your video through a built-in USB connector.  You can trim clips, assemble them into a sequence, create transitions, and add music. The software also allows you to export videos for email, the web, and to post them directly YouTube.

For other than simple editing, we recommend importing the clips into more powerful editing programs, such as Adobe Premiere, Windows Moviemaker, or iMovie.

Kodak offers an excellent alternative to the Flip with its Zi8 model.  It includes an external microphone input--a critical feature to obtain the best quality interviews. By adding an inexpensive lavalier mic (available for around $30 at Radio Shack), you can pin the mic to your talent's lapel, and capture good audio.

Kodak Zi8Radio Shack lapel mic

If you are using the internal mic (the only option on the Flip) be sure to stay within 36"-48" of your subject, so their head and shoulders fill the frame. This will improve the audio quality of your interview.

These cameras holds up to one hour of video recording time  (or more if they include a removable SD card.) They can provide surprisingly high-quality images (especially the HD models), but it is not intended to compete with the optics found on larger video camcorders. The key word here is ease of use, in a pocket-sized and inexpensive (~$175) solution.


What can it do for Extension? 

Video offers a great do-it-yourself way to create or enhance online learning modules. And the Flip and other cameras like it put that capacity in your hands with minimal technical hassles, know-how, or button-anguish. Pull one of these cameras out of your pocket and conduct interviews, create simple how-tos, or capture club events, then quickly and easily post them to YouTube or your Web site.

How can I borrow a camera?  

We offer Flip cameras and Kodak Zi8 cameras for check out for periods of two weeks.  Call or email us to arrange for your camera.

Download an information sheet on the Flip Video camera (212kb PDF).

See an example of a short Extension video produced with the Flip camera.

Read an article from Journal of Extension "A Powerful Teaching Tool: Self-Produced Videos."

Extension YouTube Channel

Access the Extension YouTube Channel and view a growing number of short videos on a variety of topics,  from cooking to forestry.  Many of them were produced by Extension specialists with only minimal video training. Some were produced using the Flip Video cameras available for checkout from the EESC.

Extension YouTube 

Contact the EESC for assistance in getting your videos into the YouTube world.  

Learning Tech Podcasts

Here's a great way to get more information about the use of technology in Extension for learning, outreach, and communications through OSU iTunes. Listen and view on your computer, or take the information "to go" on your iPod. You can receive automatic updates by subscribing to the podcasts. iTunes is available free for PC and Mac.

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