contiguity principle

Project #2: Static Multimedia Instruction

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how-to-create-and-organize-a-google-scholar-library

I recently designed a static multimedia instruction project using a web 2.0 tool called “Clarify”.  Clarify makes it easy to take screenshots, type instructions, and download the document for distribution.

As a professional familiar with design processes, I decided to follow the ADDIE (analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation) process model.  First, I thought of a problem I wanted to help rectify, as that is generally the purpose of a tutorial.  The problem I selected was how to use Google Scholar, specifically to conduct research, save articles, and sort the library according to user preferences.  I determined the users of the tutorial would be adolescents and adults, so I decided use language comparable to a newspaper article.

The learner objectives were created at this point to help me direct my design.  The learner objectives are: After following the steps in this tutorial, you will be able to create your own Google Scholar library.  Additionally, you will be able to organize your Google Scholar library according to your own labels.

The design process came next, along with the need to become familiar with the web 2.0 tool, Clarify.  I decided to practice creating a library and organizing my library with labels I had created.  I concluded that 12 steps would be sufficient enough to thoroughly explain the process.  Once I developed the 12 steps, I considered what screenshots I would need to illustrate the steps.

Finally, it was time to create the document.  I knew the steps I was going to use, so I started each step by taking a screenshot.  I then titled the step, and described the step in detail.  The multimedia principle was considered by including both graphics and words.  Clarify made it easy to apply the contiguity principle because the layout ensured that the screenshot was on the same page as the step and directions.  I added red arrows with descriptions of where the arrow was pointing to illustrate important content versus using a graphic legend.

Although I do not have an audience for implementation and evaluation, I hope my colleagues that are unfamiliar with Google Scholar library will use my tutorial.  I plan to save the tutorial for future distribution, as it will be used when I ask students to conduct research.