Combining Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning


Karen HARDIN


ABSTRACT
Cameron University has recently developed a degree in MultiMedia Design, focused on developing computer based instructional materials. Multimedia Industry leaders have advised us that the foremost skill lacking in recent nation-wide graduates is the ability to work in teams. With this new degree, students spend a lot of time in front of a computer, authoring tutorials and developing presentations. Communication skills can quickly be lost; therefore collaborative projects are embedded in the curriculum for each class. One class I teach is Web Communications and Design. (http://www.cameron.edu/~karenh/MM2034) Students from a variety of disciplines enroll in this class. The class is web-based and can be accessed at any time, but to meet the goal of teamwork communication skills, I structure four to five member development teams. Part of the student's real-world experience includes an individual assignment to develop a web site for a Cameron University faculty member or Lawton business.

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