Development: Supporting Exhibits
Below are selected examples that demonstrate my development skills across varied media.




 

NASA 321 POP Lesson Plan
Print Technologies
Print technologies are here to stay. They are platform agnostic, easy to transport, durable compared to "hard technologies," do not need batteries or an outlet to work, accessible 24-7-365, and maintain a five 9's "up time" for quality of service with no little IT overhead to monitor them. Jokes aside, much learning still occurs via the printed word.

Included here is a simple lesson plan that was generated to facilitate a hands-on inquiry experience delivered via video conference technology as part of a course requirement in distance learning. If the message is clear, concise, properly illustrated, labeled, and logically sequenced, then others have a good chance of replicating the experience in the absence of facilitated training.

Visual literacy has done much research on the power of static versus animated messages and the benefit or detriment of "realism" comparing photo images and illustrations. Ironically sometimes a photograph can be more difficult to facilitate learning then an illustration, where the illustration removes the complexities and "noise" in the photo. That said, supplementing a print work with a video or animated media piece may significantly facilitate engagement and understanding if one is attempting to convey a complex set of procedures or tasks. This printed lesson would be much improved with a sample video depicting the construction and launch procedure for the paper rocket.






 
NSTA Learning Center How To Guide
Print Technologies
As stated above, print technologies are still a very robust medium for communicating and facilitating learning. The attached document is a comprehensive "How To" Guide for the NSTA Learning Center. I expanded and updated earlier smaller drafts, and also segmented this large document into smaller chunks on the Learning Center at various places it might be needed. Print "job aids" are a preferred learning style by many when working online. Having a "step-by-step" procedure with screen snap shots guides the learner and avoids the need to switch between screens.





 

NSTA SciPacks and Science Objects
Audio Visual Technologies
SciPacks are on-demand asynchronous learning modules that provide just-in-time refreshers for teachers in specific standards-aligned content areas. There is significant ID development work that occurs for each SciPack and its related Science Objects. The Word document provides an overview through narrative how the production process basically unfolds. Initially a team of 6-8 experts from the domains of science content, standards, assessment, instructional design and pedagogical content knowledge "unpack" a science topic to create a "Scope Document". Once the Scope is created the SciPack author uses this as a guide while he or she applies inquiry templates to create an outline and eventual script and series of conceptual storyboards ideas for simulations to build content knowledge. Formative end-user feedback is embedded throughout the iterative design to improve the effectiveness and motivation of the content during development. The attached documents capture a portion of this production process. I developed an in-depth "How To" manual with examples to guide future SciPack production.

The documents from top to bottom:

 






 

NSTA Web Seminars
Audio Visual Technologies
Utilizing appropriate technologies allows maximum impact and efficiency for learning. Distance learning is bridging the physical divide that use to prohibit learning. Web Seminar technology, while time dependent is a powerful delivery strategy that allows learners to almost feel like they are there in person. While emerging technologies such as second life use virtual avatars to further emulate an "in-person" experience, only early adopters at this time have the technological acumen, Internet connectivity, and robust video ram and computer hardware to make this experience worthwhile. It will not be long till it is ready for wide-spread ubiquitous adoption. I look forward to exploring and leveraging the attributes of that medium in the near future.

Below are two files and the archive of a web semianr providing an overview of the NSTA Learning Center:




  The NSTA Learning Center-Wireframe Development Progression
Computer-based Technologies
This document provides a look at the development process undertaking to develop the existing version of the NSTA Learning Center. I had an original vision from reviewing existing portals, and secured the services of New City Media to assist in revising our existing web site. We conducted a needs analysis, audience "key term" search analysis, and a paper-based mock-up one-on-one end user review to get to the wireframes depicted in this document. Development then moved to high fidelity Photoshop files, where I could edit and adjust based on original concept for the portal and its define tools.



 

The NSTA Learning Center CD-ROM Project
Computer-based Technologies
These documents provide an overview of the original contracting process, the planning, script writing, storyboarding, editing, revising and ultimate delivery of a hybrid CD-ROM containing a multimedia overview of the NSTA Learning Center. The final product was also ported for playback on the web site as well.

The documents from top to bottom:





 
NSTA Blended e-PD Learning Strategy
Integrated Technologies
This document provides a single page synopsis that I used to drive the synergistic leveraging of our e-PD resources and opportunities via the NSTA Learning Center. It's not about any single delivery medium, but aligning the attributes of the media with the delivery mode and instructional methods to maximize the chance to reach desired learning outcomes. This document also demonstrates how content can be "packaged" in different media and allow the learner to control their preference for learning, setting the time, place, and pace to their liking.





 
NASA Symposia and Web Seminars Blended PD Proposal
Integrated Technologies
This funded proposal set the stage for our growth with not only NASA, but other federal agencies and organizations like the National Science Digital Library and Sally Ride Science as well. It provides narrative of the current literature at the time espousing a blended approach to learning. Current literature on this topic chides those that merely aggregate an online pre/post follow-up to a face-to-face experience. I would agree. The NSTA Learning Center with its diagnostic and planning tools attempts to facilitate a coherent long term plan for personal professional development growth and provide a level of accountability for the administrator.







  Transformative Professional Development for Science Teachers
Integrated Technologies
This draft article (soon to be submitted for publication) describes how the NSTA Learning Center provides an integrated e-Learning solution that is used in conjunction with other delivery methods. The Learning Center itself also provides a rich suite of tools and experiences that integrate different media, modes of delivery and instructional strategies for learning.



 

NSTA Symposia Template, Report and Evaluation
Integrated Technologies
Symposia leverage an integrated approach to learning. These documents provide a look at the original instructional design template, a sample report from one of the earliest symposia and a third party 2008 evaluation that analyzed prior data and the most recent symposia offered at our 2008 National Conference in Boston, MA. These documents collectively demonstrate the iterative loop applied for the formative and summative improvement of this program. From top to bottom:





 

Video, Web Sites and Publications
Integrated Technologies
If desired, a "gallery" of various items may be reviewed that cuts across the spectrum demonstrating and describing development efforts I created or contributed to over the years. Please feel free to review: