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Deliver Customizable Instructional Content to 10,000 to 40,000 Users? No Problem!. The iStudy for Success! Project at Penn State University Yvonne Clark Sloan-C International Conference November 18, 2005. Agenda. What is iStudy for Success! ? Delivery method, ANGEL Audiences

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Deliver customizable instructional content to 10 000 to 40 000 users no problem

Deliver Customizable Instructional Content to 10,000 to 40,000 Users?No Problem!

The iStudy for Success! Project

at Penn State University

Yvonne Clark

Sloan-C International Conference

November 18, 2005


Agenda
Agenda 40,000 Users?

  • What is iStudy for Success! ?

  • Delivery method, ANGEL

  • Audiences

  • Module design

  • iStudy Web site

  • Marketing and buy-in

  • Using modules in ANGEL CMS


What is istudy for success
What is iStudy for Success!? 40,000 Users?

  • Instructional materials addressing academic skills necessary for a successful career at Penn State

  • A delivery method

  • 22 topics

  • Target first-year students


Modified content
Modified Content 40,000 Users?

  • Changed from classroom centered to student centered

  • Wanted to avoid use of plug-ins

  • Re-worked AuthorWare pieces

  • Put everything into the ANGEL course management system



Angel
ANGEL 40,000 Users?

  • Two types of content containers: Courses and Groups

  • Many easy to use instructional tools


Audiences
Audiences 40,000 Users?

  • First-year students

  • First-year Seminars

  • Instructors

  • Student advisors

  • University Learning Center staff and students

  • Individual students

  • High school students through special Penn State projects


Audiences1
Audiences 40,000 Users?

  • Total anticipated audience at Penn State is 10,000 - 40,000 asynchronous users with varying needs and interests

  • Both classroom use and individual use

  • Additional users through Friends of Penn State accounts


The problem
The Problem 40,000 Users?

Problem: How to modify the original materials in such as way as to meet the needs of so many different users, and deliver them using ANGEL…

without creating an administrative nightmare.


The solution
The Solution 40,000 Users?

  • Make each topic a self-contained module and use the export/import wizard in ANGEL to allow each user to own the content.

  • Result: Everyone with a Penn State Access Account could create a group in ANGEL, import the content, and customize it to suit their needs.


Importing a module into an angel group or course

Importing a module into an ANGEL group or course: 40,000 Users?

http://cms.psu.edu


Module design
Module Design 40,000 Users?


Formative evaluation
Formative Evaluation 40,000 Users?

  • Pilot testing was conducted Fall semester, 2004

  • Modules were officially launched on January 3, 2005


Marketing and buy in
Marketing and Buy-in 40,000 Users?

  • Marketing took place in January, February, and March

  • Got buy-in from upper-level administrators

  • At the end of May 2005 approximately 500 modules were in use

  • At the end of September 2005 approximately 1300 modules were in use


Web site use
Web Site Use 40,000 Users?

  • Preview and link to modules at the iStudy Web site (http://iStudy.psu.edu)

  • Web site usage averages 200 users per day viewing 600 to 700 pages

  • Two modules don’t use any ANGEL tools - people seem to link to them rather than importing them


What s next
What’s Next? 40,000 Users?

  • Teach users to create their own modules in ANGEL

  • Share the modules and libraries with the Penn State community

  • Faculty, staff and students can build their own libraries (like iStudy)

  • Users could create groups of content specific to their needs and interests


The istudy for success web site
The iStudy for Success! Web site 40,000 Users?

  • More information is available at the iStudy Web site:

    http://istudy.psu.edu

  • Content for modules can be previewed and linked to at the Web site, however,quizzes and activities only work in ANGEL


Questions

Questions? 40,000 Users?

http://iStudy.psu.edu

ANGEL: http://cms.psu.edu


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