2003 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 2729, Greensboro, NC

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Editing and Revision: Creating Interactive Instructional Animations

Lawrence, Sally         (252) 328-1474
      East Carolina University

Abstract (up to 200 words):
Instructional Challenge: During the development of my Business Writing Distance Education (DE) course, I knew that the "Editing and Revision" module would be the most challenging to present effectively online. In a face-to-face classroom, I show students editing techniques by using transparencies that illustrate the evolutionary process of revision. Solution: To meet this challenge, I knew that I needed to create visual representations of abstract concepts, so I chose to work with Macromedia Flash and the two techniques that are most difficult for students to learn-reducing the number of prepositional phrases and changing passive voice to active voice. For each editing technique, I created a demonstration animation, so students could see the abstract concept as a whole. Then, I created another animation that shows the editing technique in a how-to sequence, so students can learn the procedure and apply the technique to their own writing. And, to reinforce the concepts, I created interactive practice animations. By using color-coding, fading, movement, sequencing, highlighting, and rollovers, I simulated what I did in the face-to-face classroom so that the online students participated in a highly interactive learning experience. In an anonymous survey, the majority of respondents rated these Flash animations as "excellent."

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Session type:
Short presentation (20 minutes)

Time slots:
C1 - Th 2:00 - 2:45

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