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Instructional Design Students Apply Coursework to Meet Campus Need

Instructional Systems Design students Amanda Trent, Deepti Adhiskari, Elizabeth Thompson, Alicia Benben, and Danielle Wilson.

Students in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Instructional Systems Design program recently had an opportunity to apply what they learned in class to help meet a need on campus.

Dr. Kun Huang, a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, partnered with the UK College of Health Sciences to provide a real-world scenario for students to apply their skills.  They each took content from the College of Health Sciences’ orientation to develop an online learning module for new students to become familiar with and demonstrate understanding of issues such as dress code, patient privacy laws, plagiarism, professional behaviors, and social media usage guidelines.

At the end of the semester, they successfully presented the projects to their “clients” at the UK College of Health Sciences (CHS).

“The students created amazing projects that will allow us to save time and make our orientation more focused on people-oriented activities, as opposed to lecturing about rules,” said Dr. Randa Remer-Eskridge, the associate dean for student affairs in the College of Health Sciences who partnered with Huang on the project.

The Instructional Design students were taking the course “Authoring Applications for Technology-Based Instruction” (EDC 611) in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The course teaches students to apply instructional strategies and e-learning tools to develop problem-based interactive learning experiences for online learners.

Dr. Kun Huang

For the Health Sciences orientation project, they investigated the needs for the training, analyzed the learning content, designed instructional strategies, and used Adobe Captivate, an e-learning tool, to develop interactive, problem-based scenarios to teach the topics to be covered in the online portion of the college’s orientation.

The students’ final projects were well-received by the College of Health Sciences, Huang said. The online training they developed could help reduce the hours of College of Health Sciences’ new student orientation by moving some of the content online.

“Overall, this was an amazing experience and a win-win from our perspective,” Remer-Eskridge said.

For more information on the Instructional Systems Design program, visit https://education.uky.edu/edc/isd/.

To read more about Dr. Kun Huang, visit https://education.uky.edu/profile/kun-huang/.