Just as in a traditional classroom, it is vital to keep online learners engaged so they are actively learning. One way to help keep them engaged in an online course is with the aid of various multimedia resources. Conrad and Donaldson (2011) stated, “By involving [students] in activities that utilize games and simulations, real-life skills can be enhanced and learning can be made fun” (p. 93). Multimedia can capture learner’s attention, engage learners, explain difficult concepts, inspire creativity, and allow students to have fun while learning. One approach is incorporating multimedia content in course materials (Cabrera, 2013). Two ways I personally incorporate multimedia content into my course materials is by using EDpuzzle and The Bézier Grame.
Edpuzzle is a site that allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation (Kapuler, 2014). In short, it is a video curation tool that allows educators to transform videos into interactive lessons. It allows students to check their own understanding by answering and reviewing questions on embedded quizzes. Check it out by visiting https://edpuzzle.com.
The Bézier Game
The Bézier Game is a website that teaches graphic designers how to use and master the pen tool. The pen tool is a tool that allows you to create shapes with precision. Making straight lines with the pen tool is something very easy to achieve however; making curves (béizer curves) are somewhat hard to master. The game takes you through various tutorials, colorful paths highlighting your every move.
Another site that hosts learning games that teaches you how to use certain Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop tools is adobe.com. On Adobe’s website, there are several interactive learning games that teaches you how to use the line tool, how to create shapes, how to use the shape builder tool, and how to use the pen tool in Illustrator. You can check them both out at Adobe.com and http://bezier.method.ac.
Cabrera, D. (2013). Integrating multimedia in your course. Retrieved from http://facdevblog.niu.edu/integrating-multimedia-in-your-course
Conrad, R., & Donaldson, J. A. (2011). Engaging the online learner: Activities and resources for creative instruction (Updated ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Kapuler, D. (2014). Product review: Edpuzzle. Retrieved from http://www.techlearning.com/news/0002/product-review–edpuzzle/63512