For my media exemplar, I decided to redo the lesson I did on Digital Health & Wellness for Assignment 1. Part of learning and getting better at something is using feedback to refine your work. I took feedback from Keith, as well as some of my own critiques I had with my initial design and refined my original lesson. Most of my original work got redone in one form or another. Either it was redone completely or just got some fine tuning. You can go to my Moodle cloud site to view the new lesson as well as my other work in this course.
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The following is a quick breakdown of the media. I’ve linked the examples to my MoodleCloud site so make sure you’re logged in before proceeding. I’ve arranged them so they show how the lesson was BEFORE and AFTER refinement.
This was the main refinement to my lesson. It was suggested to me that you shouldn’t have text and audio on a page saying the exact same thing because it can distract from learning. So I completely redid the ‘Smart Ergonomic Tips’ section of the lesson and removed all the text. I took the audio recordings and put them to a well timed slide show to create 2 new educational video replacing what I had. BEFORE & AFTER. I ended up using a free online site called Stupeflix to create the videos and upload to YouTube through a feature it offers.
I used the audio from the original lesson to create the new videos I made, so I didn’t see the need to keep them on the page anymore. I guess they are still technically part of the new lesson. I had an audio clip in my original lesson that introduced the page and was set to play automatically. I was cautioned about setting audio to do that because a student’s volume might be muted or they might have headphones plugged in and miss what was to be heard. So, I got rid of that original clip and made a new one introducing the 2 new videos and giving the page a starting point. I also made sure not to set the clip to play automatically. BEFORE & AFTER.
The main graphic that was enhanced was the before and after lesson pictures I used as examples for what I wanted my students to create. They were good images with callout boxes attached to them. I wanted to save space on the page by combining them with the “mouseover” html feature. I also wanted to add arrows highlighting the points made in the callout box. I created individual jpeg files for each and created a new graphic. I didn’t want to include any text in the ‘alt’ and ‘title’ fields because I didn’t want the text poping up and getting in the way of the image. BEFORE & AFTER
I also did a similar mouseover technique for a summary of points found at the end of the section on ‘Smart Ergonomic Tips’. I wanted to include a quick reference to the main points in the video but I didn’t want the text to get in the way of what was being played because of its similarity. I found that creating a graphic incorporating the summary text was a good way to do it. Students don’t have to watch the entire video again if they want to remind themselves about the main points. For this graphic, I also didn’t want to include any text in the ‘alt’ and ‘title’ fields because I didn’t want the text poping up and getting in the way of the image BEFORE & AFTER
I modified the picture I had at the beginning of my lesson to include information in the ‘alt’ and ‘title’ fields to have text pop up when the mouse hover overs the picture. I also added a caption below the picture. BEFORE & AFTER.