Poodles, Borg, and Bungee Jumpers: The Development of a Taxonomy of Student Types Encountered in an Introductory Instructional Media Production Course
Abbie Brown, Washington State University, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
An analysis of an introductory multimedia production course for preservice instructional design professionals was conducted at a large Midwestern university. To choose a representative sample of interview subjects, it was necessary to articulate the types of learners normally encountered in the class. The course instructors were interviewed on this subject, and a taxonomy was developed to identify various learner types for interview and observation purposes. A comparison of interviews with the course instructors, and responses from other media production course instructors was then synthesized into a general description of people entering any media production course and seems to have merit of its own in helping instructors identify their audience. The taxonomy has proven to be an effective tool for helping multimedia production course instructors gain greater understanding of their student populations, and to provide greater support to students in ways that are appreciated by, and acceptable to the students.
Brown, A. (2001). Poodles, Borg, and Bungee Jumpers: The Development of a Taxonomy of Student Types Encountered in an Introductory Instructional Media Production Course. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 9(3), 375-389. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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