Electronic Media Communication
Technology Enhancement of new Media Instruction
This project addresses several issues that will facilitate the planning and producing of an interactive DVD to serve as a template for several courses taught in the Department of Electronic Media. These areas are: 1) Learn advanced Flash techniques. 2) conduct research into and compile relevant media components. 3) evaluate fair use guidelines and 4) learn advanced DVD authoring skills.
Web-Based Tutorial for Character Modeling and Animation
Guan Ping Zheng
The purpose of this project is to develop a web based tutorial for 3D character animation. Once implemented this tutorial can be accessed from the help menu of the animation software and can guide students build necessary skills for realistic character modeling and animation. Hyperlinks will be structured for the key concepts and theories that are essential for the understanding of 3D modeling and animation.
With the help of the Instructional Technologies Development Grant, I spent the summer time building character models and animation suitable for online teaching. Screen shots of the process were captured as visual guide. Step-by-step instructions were presented along with the visual guide.
Because of the tremendous amount of work on building the model and the detailed description of the procedures, the progress was slower than anticipated. At the end of the summer I was able to finish the modeling, the screen capture and the description of the process. However, because of the new release of the software, I had to revise some of the procedures to reflect the new feature of the software. I am still in the process of making hyperlinks for the key concepts and theories related to character modeling and animation. All the works will be done at the beginning of Spring, 2002.
Analyzing Audiences in New Media
During the summer of 2001, I was fortunate to receive a grant to research and produce a teaching tool for RATV 346, Media and Messages. The new course is part of my department's new emphasis in digital media, and I taught the "first edition" of the course in Spring 2001. The course deals with audience analysis techniques for planning and assessing content in digital media, and in developing the right match of message and medium. <p>The lack of available well-focused teaching materials for the class led me to apply for the grant to develop a website/CD-ROM on audience analysis for class use. After being awarded the grant, I spent hours in research on audience tools and examples of websites, taught myself the basics of Dreamweaver, and developed the site. The project is available at: http://www.mtsu.edu/~jquarles/audienceindex.html
Within the site, I focused on helping students understand: why understanding an audience is important in message development and the characteristics of audiences for different kinds of web products. what audience analysis tools are available and how they can be used. I provide examples of commercial tools and indiciate for students the tools most readily available.
I also focused on questions students should ask in developing a project and provide an outline for a critique of websites. In the final portion of the website, I provide a few examples (from the million or so websites available) of websites for different audiences. We will work with analysis of these websites in the next semester of the class in Spring 2002.
To remain true to my own point in creating the project, I pilot tested the project with my Writing for Digital Media class in Fall 2001. The latest version of the website incorporates their comments and reactions. I will convert the site to a CD-ROM before classes begin in 2002 and use the resulting product in the class.
In the future, I would like to develop a similar project that focuses on matching messages to media and gives examples of good and bad "matches."
Utilizing the World Wide Web to Teach and Learn Mathematics
Marc J. Barr
Barr will be completing work begun in the Fall of 1998 as a collaboration with Diane Miller and Andrew Worsey of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. They have been creating a video lesson for the World Wide Web for use by middle grades school teachers and university faculty working with both undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics education.
Technologies Development Grant and the collaborative efforts of Professors Diane Miller and Andrew Worsey, Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Associate Professors Marc Barr and Dennis Oneal, Department of Radio/TV/Photography, a lesson is being produced on video and will be placed on Diane Miller's web page for use by middle grades school teachers and university faculty working with both undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics education. An Investigation with Cubes , illustrates how the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics wants middle grades students engaged in problem solving. The script includes a series of questions asked about cubes, which are built by using smaller unit cubes. The activity can be completed using concrete manipulative materials. However, its transformation to an animated, video presentation makes it much more entertaining and motivational. Its availability on the web makes it more usable by teachers and students. This project began during the Fall Semester 1998 and continues through the Spring Semester 2000. Dr. Miller is script author and project director. Dr. Worsey has created the 3-D graphics models utilized in the lesson and Mr. Barr has done all of the animation, rendering, and video production. Dr. Oneal is adding the audio track to the video. The product resulting from this project will significantly enhance the teaching and learning in three courses in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. These are MATH 201, Informal Geometry for Elementary School Teachers, MATH 332, Teaching Mathematics in Grades 5-8, and MATH 634, Geometry for Teachers.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>In addition to being shared with other faculty in the Department, proposals for disseminating information about its creation and use will be submitted to professional organizations including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education.
The initial timeline was to complete the project by the end of the Fall Semester 1999. Dr. Miller's responsibilities as Faculty Senate President have contributed to an extension of this timeline to the Spring Semester 2000. At the completion of the project, the product will be available for viewing at Dr. Miller's web page.