EDUC 603: Design Plan

EDUC 603: Design Plan

Rationale

The High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee was established in 2007 to recognize outstanding alumni of the High School. The committee is made up of 8-12 members including alumni of the High School, school personnel, and community members.

The high school houses an average of 2000 students who are extremely diverse, and who are of low socioeconomic status. As a result, the Committee was formed to help motivate the student population by honoring alumni who have graduated at least ten years ago to show that every student has the opportunity and the ability to become upstanding members of society regardless of where they came from.

It is the responsibility of the committee to once a year evaluate nominations of candidates for the Alumni Wall of Honor, and to organize and oversee the induction ceremony that takes place each fall. The committee is also responsible for planning activities to showcase the inductees to the student body. This has been done by introducing the inductees at the homecoming football game, and by having an inductee panel discussion for students the day after the induction ceremony.

While the Wall of Honor is a physical wall within the High School, it is not widely known throughout the school or the community. Without public awareness, the Committee does not receive many nominations. In the past, Committee members posted ads in newspapers, but with a change in members, communication about the Wall of Honor has reached a minimum.

Their Facebook page has a mere 48 “page likes,” and most current members of the Committee are unaware of how to use Facebook, or even access their page in the first place. In fact, their Facebook page has not been updated since 2013. The school website does not make it simple to find their page, and the page is also outdated without current working links. While the Committee will take recommendations electronically, there is no simple way to submit them electronically.

The Front End Analysis and Training Needs Analysis that were conducted indicate that current Committee members lack skills in using social media, and technology in general such as creating editable forms or creating fliers or brochures, which are relevant to advertise the Wall of Honor. This training solution has been created to increase the number of nominations for the Alumni Wall of Honor.

The target population for this course are the members in the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee.

Committee members will find this training useful, as it can be implemented same day to help advertise the Alumni Wall of Honor.

The training is offered in one-hour modules that can be implemented at the Committee’s meetings that happen semi-annually.

Course facilitators will be provided with all necessary materials and handouts, the draft design plan, computer-based slides, and will be required to demonstrate their ability to utilize each piece of technology prior to implementation.

Target Population

The target population for this course includes all of the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee members. The committee is made up of 8-12 members including alumni of the High School, school personnel, and community members. The committee is completely voluntary, so each member is not required to participate.

Each member has a full-time job or obligation outside of the Alumni Wall of Honor Committee, so the time most members have to devote to the Committee is limited. As a result, it is suggested that the training occurs during the semi-annual meetings instead of creating additional training dates.

Members vary from the ages of 30 to 75, but most members are in the upper range. As a result, hearing and eyesight problems may occur.

Education of members varies from a high school diploma to Masters Degrees, some with additional credits outside of a Masters.

Members are not extremely tech-savvy, and will need support utilizing computers. Some need help logging into a computer and accessing e-mail, but most need help with word-processing programs and social media.

Course Description

  • Training length: The course will be a five-hour training that is split into five 60-minute modules that can be implemented at the Wall of Honor Committee meetings that are already occurring on regular basis.
  • Class size: Ideally, the training will contain all 8-10 members of the Committee. If more members begin to join, the maximum amount of members taking the training at one time is 15.
  • Instructional methods: Methods such as class discussion, lecture, and peer-to-peer discussion will be implemented. It is important to use in-person methods, since many members are not tech savvy.
  • Distribution Method: The training will be technology enhanced, in person.
  • Room Set-up: The room should be ADA compliant in a computer lab that has access to laptops or desktop computers. It is also acceptable to use a conference room as long as there are access to laptops.
  • Materials: Participant handouts
  • AV Requirements
    • Facilitator computer, internet enabled, connected to overhead projector with internet browsers that allow access to social media sites and blogging sites, and has access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher, and Google Forms.
    • 15 Laptops or desktop computers that also has internet browsers that allow access to social media sites and blogging sites, and has access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher, and Google Forms.
    • Computer Speakers
  • Course Modules:
  1. Facebook and Twitter:
  2. Intro to Microsoft Word/ Excel
  3. Intro to Microsoft Publisher
  4. Google Forms
  5. Word Press

As already mentioned, the trainings will be introductions, and will occur during already occurring meetings so that participants do not need to schedule trainings on their own time due to other obligations and busy schedules.

The training should provide the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee members with enough knowledge and tools to increase community awareness about the Wall of Honor. By posting on social media sites, creating fliers and brochures, making it easier for potential nominees to submit their nomination forms, and by having their own informational site that is easy to update, the Committee should become more well-known.

Course Objectives:

Module 1: Facebook and Twitter

Terminal Objective: Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create and post updates on a Facebook and Twitter page until completed without error.

Enabling Objectives:

  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create a Facebook page and edit personal information including uploading a personal picture until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, a created Facebook page, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the  High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to edit security and privacy settings until completed without error.
  2. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, a created Facebook page, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to make a post until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, a created Facebook page, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to like, comment on a pre-existing post, and share a pre-existing post until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create a Twitter page and edit personal information including uploading a personal picture until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, Twitter account, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create a Tweet, also containing a short URL until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, Twitter account, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able share a tweet (retweet) until completed without error.

 Module 2: Intro to Microsoft Word/ Excel

Terminal Objective: Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and Microsoft Word and Excel software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create a document that contains a header, footer, numbered lists, revisions, edited margins, text boxes, shapes, images with text wrapping, and insert tables until completed without error.

Enabling Objectives:

  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and Microsoft Word and Excel software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to open a new document until completed without error.
  2. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, Microsoft Word and Excel software, and a new document the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to configure text including type, size, and alignment, edit the margins, include bulleted lists, and add a header and footer to the document until completed without error.
  3. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, Microsoft Word and Excel software, and a new document the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create a text box with text inside, and insert a shape or photo into a document and edit its text wrapping until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, Microsoft Word and Excel software, and a new document the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create and insert a data table until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, Microsoft Word and Excel software, and document the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to make revisions and track changes until completed without error.

Module 3: Intro to Microsoft Publisher

Terminal Objective: Given handouts, small group discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create an informational brochure or flier until completed without error.

Enabling Objectives:

  1. Given handouts, small group discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to open a new Publisher document until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, small group discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher software, and a new Publisher document, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to change the orientation, margins, and text size and type on a document until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, small group discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher software, and a new Publisher document, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create and link multiple text boxes with text inside until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, small group discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher software, and a new Publisher document, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to insert shapes and pictures until completed without error.

Module 4: Google Forms

Terminal Objective 1: Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and a Google account, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create, edit, and read the data from a Google Form until completed without error.

Enabling Objectives:

  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and a Google account, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create a Google Form that contains at least 5 fields until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, a created Google Form, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and a Google account, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to add and delete information from a filed in the already created Google Form until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, a created Google Form, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and a Google account, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to sort data based on the given fields in a Google Form until completed without error.

Module 5: Word Press

Terminal Objective: Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, and browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create a working Word Press site until completed without error.

Enabling Objectives:

  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to create a Word Press account until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and Word Press templates, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to design a word press site until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and their Word Press site, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to make and edit a blog post until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and their Word Press site, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to like and comment on a pre-existing blog post until completed without error.
  1. Given handouts, class discussion, lecture, and a working laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet, browser software, and their Word Press site, the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Committee member should be able to add other user accounts to the existing Word Press Site, and assign them roles until completed without error.

Evaluation Strategy

Level 1 Evaluation: A level 1 evaluation will be conducted immediately at the conclusion of each module. The evaluation will be administered using a “survey monkey” survey, which will measure participant reactions to the instructional methods, the environment, and the class as a whole.

Level 2 Evaluation: Multiple level 2 evaluations will be conducted throughout all modules, including peer-to-peer evaluation and facilitator observations. A brief evaluation will happen at the conclusion of each module:

Module 1: Each participant should create and edit a post on the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Facebook and Twitter page.

Module 2: Each participant should create a certificate of completion.

Module 3: Each participant should create a template for a brochure or flier for the High School Alumni Wall of Honor.

Module 4: Each participant should create and edit a Google Form.

Module 5: Each participant should create and edit a post on the High School Alumni Wall of Honor Word Press site.

Level 3 Evaluation:  Participants will demonstrate mastery of the modules by continuing to create brochures and fliers for the Alumni Wall of Honor. They will also demonstrate mastery by continuing to update Facebook, Twitter, and the Word Press site.

Level 4 Evaluation: The number of nominations to the High School Alumni Wall of Honor will be tracked for the year following the conclusion of the training. Data will be reviewed at a meeting to see if efforts were successful.

Participant Prerequisites

Participants must be a member of the High School Wall of Honor Committee. Participants should have at least some interest in technology, and how to use it to benefit them in both the Committee, and outside of the committee.

Participants must be able to use computer keyboards, computer mice, log in to a computer, open and search in an internet browser, open programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher, and operate e-mail all with minimal help from the facilitator.

Participants must be willing to create their own Facebook and Twitter page, and Word Press site, and “like” or follow other pages.

Facilitator Prerequisites

Facilitators of the trainings should be experienced in using Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher, Google Forms, and Word Press sites. Facilitators should be friendly, patient, and eager to work with all participants, especially the participants who are not as tech savvy. Facilitators should have the ability to answer questions and concerns from participants regarding privacy and security with regards to social media and networking. It is important that facilitators can troubleshoot the following with limited assistance from an IT department:

  • Computer keyboards and computer mice
  • E-mail
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher
  • Internet browsers
  • Projectors and set the computers up so they project images to a screen

Deliverables

  • Design plan
  • Facilitator Guide
  • Level 1 Evaluation
  • Participant handouts

2 Comment

  1. Hello again. It’s really interesting to see how you developed things, Alysha, since I read your FEA. As the client, I can absolutely track the evolution of the problem (I went back to read your TNA as I was interested 🙂 ) and I like your logic in dealing with it. Here are some detailed comments:

    TNA
    I notice you have tweaked your problem statement. This makes things clearer for me, thank you, that we are focussing on how to increase nominations.

    As the client, I like the fact that you collected data in different ways – face to face interview and a questionnaire using a likert scale. This gives me confidence in the results. I particularly like your question 3: “What is preventing nominations?” and I might have even asked this first, as a nice open question to get things started.

    What I didn’t find so easy to follow was why you started asking questions about PDFs, for example. As the client, I might not be able to make the connection between producing marketing materials and PDF being a format to produce them, so perhaps spell the link out for the client? I’m also afraid I don’t really understand the metrics used for the results e.g. “How much experience do you have working with website designer for creating a website – 1”. What does the “1” mean?

    However, I like your findings as they pull everything together so that, as the client, I know to expect to see a design plan for training about two things – social media and publishing software… which I do.

    Design plan
    Your design plan includes all the sections as advised by Hodell (2011), so as the client I am reassured everything has been thought of.

    Rationale
    Paragraphs 4 and 6 are key for me, making it clear what the training will solve, thank you. I’m afraid I’m just not sure what you mean in “Committee members will find this training useful as it can be implemented same day to help advertise the Alumni Wall of Honor”. Can you explain this a bit more?

    Target population
    As the client, I like how you have emphasised the fact that the members don’t have much time and that they’re not very tech-savvy.

    Course description
    This is very clear, thank you. I just wonder whether there might be more things to list under “materials”? Will you need templates in Excel and Word, for example, and some photos to be used? Not sure.

    Course objectives
    I like the logic of your enabling objectives and i can see how they feed into the terminal objective. I’m just not sure whether “until completed without error” is sufficient as the degree. How will the completion be measured? Maybe this is too picky and it’s fine?
    In Module 2, maybe you could separate out Word and Excel, so, as the client, I can see which enabling objectives relate to what exactly?
    In fact, it might help the client if you adjusted your terminal objectives to match each module? For example, for Module 3, just refer to “Publisher software” and remove references to Word and Excel etc. What do you think?

    Evaluation
    As the client, I feel reassured that you refer to Kirkpatrick’s (1998) four levels.
    I really like your evaluation level 2 – very logical  However, could you please explain how the Google form could increase nominations for the Wall of Honor? Also, what is the certificate of completion for and how does it relate to the Wall of Honor nominations?
    Levels 3 and 4 seem achievable and sensible for the client, thank you.

    Participant prereqs
    I can see the logic in these but I just wonder how this ties in with or contradicts what you said under target population about them not being tech-savvy.

    Overall
    Thank you!

    References
    Hodell, C. (2011). ISD from the ground up: A no-nonsense approach to instructional design. (3rd ed.) Chelsea, MI: Sheridan Books.
    Kirkpatrick, D. (1998). Evaluating training programs: The four levels (2nd edition). San Franciso: Berrett-Koehler.

  2. Alysha, This is an excellent design plan with all the right component parts (just look at all of those objectives!!) You’re ready for evaluation, have some fun!

    ~jeannette

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