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Lectures For Internet Courses

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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ET Distance Learning Courses and Programs

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7.809.1 - 7.809.8



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Harold Broberg

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Session 1647

Lectures for Internet Courses

Hal Broberg, Paul Lin ECET Department, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Abstract Many students want an audio/video lecture component with an Internet course and PowerPoint is a good starting point for creating these presentations. Streaming media, using free players, such as RealOneÔ (formerly RealPlayer) provide a method of transmitting audio/video lectures either live, or recorded. Another method is use of Macromedia Director to create individual lecture files which can be downloaded from a website. Director can also be used to create self-loading CD’s to provide students with an entire semester of lectures. This paper explains the use of these methods and lessons learned from the courses.

Introduction A lecture-like presentation may be needed to convey information to students in undergraduate Internet courses. Building Internet courses 1, 2 is a difficult and time- consuming task 3. This paper discusses the utility and effectiveness of some of the methods available for dissemination of audiovisual material via the Internet. A source of material to assist the higher education community in use of the Internet is the Joint Information Systems Committee 4 and related sites. The methods to be discussed here are: creating PowerPoint 5 audio presentations using WAV files, creating PowerPoint slides with a script, recording audio/video using RealPresenter6, preparing audio presentations using Powerpoint, then using Macromedia Director 7 to create a movie, creating slides and audio presentations directly in Macromedia Director, and creating a self-loading CD using Macromedia Director.

These methods have been used in several courses at Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne 8, where WebCT9 is used for administration of Internet courses. CS/EET 114, an introductory Windows programming course using Visual Basic and EET 205, an introductory assembly language course using the Microchip 10 PICmicro® assembly language, were offered via the Internet during Fall 2000, Fall 2001, and Spring 2002. EET 302, an introductory control system course was first offered, via the Internet, during Spring 2002. The usefulness and desirability of these pseudo-lecture methods will be described and compared. Lessons learned will also be provided for instructors desiring to create lectures for use in Internet courses.

Using PowerPoint As a standard business presentation tool, PowerPoint is readily used to create audio lecture presentations using the Slide Show menu shown in Fig. 1:

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Broberg, H. (2002, June), Lectures For Internet Courses Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11035

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