Method to the Media Madness: Using Free and Open Source Software for Online Instruction

By Eddie Gose, Catherine Fulford and Rachel Boulay.

Published by The Design Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to disseminate information on the tasks performed by a multimedia specialist in a team-based distance course design group in higher education. The multimedia specialist gives creative input, suggests various forms of interactivity, and recommends specific media for online course development. The multimedia specialist is part of a team that collaboratively develops efficient and effective online courses. This team adheres to the instructional systems design process in developing online course instruction.

The main focus is to describe the use of free and open source software, in lieu of costly development tools, to develop online courses. This paper will highlight the tasks of a multimedia specialist, examples of free and open source software used, the challenges and successes of using free and open source software, and the successes of the Distance Course Design and Consulting group.

Keywords: Free and Open Source Software, Open Course Ware, Open Content, Online Course Development, Instructional System Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.11-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.041MB).

Eddie Gose

Multimedia Specialist, Department of Educational Technology, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Full-time multimedia specialist in the Distance Course Design and Consulting group, College of Education, University of Hawai`i at Manoa. Third-year PhD student specializing in educational technology. Previously a faculty mentor for the College of Education.

Dr. Catherine Fulford

Department Chair, Department of Educational Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Catherine P. Fulford, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She conducts research in distance education and technology integration, and teaches courses in instructional and visual design.

Dr. Rachel Boulay

Director of Education, Center for Cardiovascular Research, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Rachel is the Director of Education for the Center for Cardiovascular Research.

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