Assignment 1 | Digital Resource Design Pitch Video with Design Note (Individual)

Purpose

The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with the opportunity to frame a work or study-based problem of practice (PoP) that might be solved, in part or in full, with a digital learning resource. Toward this purpose, this assignment will provide you with practice conducting a human-centered needs assessment to learn from potential participants that may engage with your proposed resource. An additional element toward fulfilling the purpose of the assignment will be the creation of a video that could be used to pitch your idea to your participants, work team, or manager, The final element of this assignment will be a Design Note that helps explain your rationale and evidence you have gathered that support your design proposal. This assignment helps determine your achievement of course Learning Outcome A – identify a need that can be met by a digital learning resource.

Instructions

In this assignment, you will use a problem of practice (PoP) that you have framed to propose a digital learning resource.  You will select an appropriate human-centered needs assessment (Empathy) method and engage in partnership with a group of potential users of the digital resource you have in mind.  Your need assessments will build on the various design models and approaches experienced in LRNT 523 and LRNT 524. Depending on the human-centered needs assessment method chosen, you may conduct interviews, questionnaires or formal observations with potential end users.  Based on the information gathered from your human-centered needs assessment, you will refine a proposal for a digital learning resource.

The deliverable for this assignment will consist of a video proposal (a “pitch”) that may be used by potential learners, your team, or your manager to determine whether or not the resource you are proposing aligns with your work context. The video should also help stakeholders determine whether or not they believe the resource might solve the problem of practice you have identified. You will include a written document (a Design Note) that provides a description of your PoP, your work or study context, an explanation of the chosen human-centered needs assessment method and justification for its selection, a synthesis of the results of the needs assessment, and a description of the identified educational need or challenge.

Your video should be between 3 and 5 minutes (concise is best), and your Design Note must be a maximum of 1000 words. You are expected to adhere to APA standards for citations and references in your Design Note and to back up your statements with appropriate academic literature.

Ethical Review

Depending on the human-centered needs assessment method chosen you may need to conduct interviews, questionnaires or formal observations with end users.  On your behalf, your instructor has applied for and received blanket ethical approval for LRNT 527. This means that you will not have to apply to RRU on an individual basis before conducting your assignment research.

You will need to read and become familiar with the Research Ethics Guidelines for this course. You will also need to fill in the Consent Form and provide it to any external participants in your research assignment.

If you have any questions about the ethical review, please ask the instructors by posting in the general discussion forum in Moodle. You may also contact the Office of Research Ethics at ethicalreview@royalroads.ca; 250.391.2600 ext. 4425. Further information is available on the RRU Ethics page.

Value: 20%

Submit: to the Assignment 1 Dropbox in Moodle.

Using the Rubric below, imagine that the person or group of people reviewing your video and Design Note are potential learners that will use your digital learning resource, or your team that will help deliver learning related to the resource, or your manager who will approve the time and costs associated with creating and delivering the resource.

 

Course Learning Outcome/Assessment Criteria Excellent
(A+ to A)
Proficient
(A- to B+)
Satisfactory
(B to B-)
Unsatisfactory
(F)
Design Note Citations All citations and APA format are correct. Most citations and APA formatting are correct. Some citations and APA formatting are correct. Few citations and APA formatting are correct.
Design Note Style, Grammar, and Spelling Writing is clear and effective for the potential audiences with minimal errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation. Writing is clear and effective for the potential audiences, for the most part, with minor errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation. Writing is somewhat unclear and/or ineffective for the potential audiences with multiple errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation. Writing is unclear and ineffective for the potential audiences with significant and repeated patterns of errors in grammar, spelling, mechanics, and punctuation.
Description of Problem of Practice (PoP) and Instructional Context Provides a clear and concise description of the PoP and instructional context, delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding. Provides a clear and concise description of the PoP and instructional context with sufficient information for general understanding. Provides minimal description of the PoP and instructional context making it difficult to understand the context. Provides an incomplete description of the PoP and instructional context impeding understanding of the context.
Explanation and Justification of Human-Centered Needs Assessment Method Clearly explains the human-centered needs assessment method and presents a detailed, realistic, and appropriate rationale with strong arguments and well-documented evidence. Explains the human-centered needs assessment method and presents an adequate rationale with logical arguments and documented evidence. Identifies the human-centered needs assessment method with minimal explanation and presents a limited rationale with weak arguments and minimal evidence. Human-centered needs assessment method is not identified and/or rationale is insufficient and does not include any supporting arguments or evidence.
Synthesis of Needs Assessment Results Presents a concise synthesis of needs assessment results. Effectively organizes information from multiple sources to reveal important patterns and themes within the data. Presents a concise synthesis of needs assessment results.
Organizes information from multiple sources to reveal some patterns and themes within the data.
Presents a superficial synthesis of the needs assessment results. Organization of the information is not effective in revealing patterns or themes within the data. Presents an incomplete synthesis of the needs assessment results. Information is unorganized and does not reveal any patterns or themes within the data.
Video Proposal The video proposal combines the elements of the assignment in a brief (3 – 5 minutes) structure that represents effective communication for a variety of potential stakeholders. The proposed solution to the PoP aligns with the presenter’s context, takes into account the needs analysis, and makes sense as a solution to the PoP. The video proposal combines the elements of the assignment in a brief (3 – 5 minutes) video that represents most of the elements of effective communication. The proposed solution to the PoP mentions the presenter’s context, alludes to the needs analysis, and makes some sense as a solution to the PoP. The video proposal is either too short or too long. It represents some level of effective communication. However, the proposed solution misses one or more of the elements of the PoP, the instructional context, or the needs analysis. The video proposal is either too short or too long, would not be considered effective communication, and misses one or more of the elements of the PoP, the instructional context, or the needs analysis.