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Running head: Reusable Learning Objects

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Running head: Reusable Learning Objects

Reusable Learning Objects ProjectsMary Amoson, Sondra Edwards, Dollie Evans, Janice Kelley, Sue SampsenUniversity of West Georgia

Course Title: Computer Fundamentals

Topic from

McGraw-Hill Course

Learning Object from MERLOT

Critical Thinking Activity

1. Computer Hardware

Hardware FundamentalsMERLOT URL:

http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=88948

Direct URL: http://jdurrett.ba.ttu.edu/courseware/hf100/hf100m6.htm

Two minute paper

2. Getting Started

How Operating Systems Work

MERLOT URL:http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=78531

Direct URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/operating-system.htm

Concept map

3. Word Processors I

Word Processing With Microsoft Word 2002

MERLOT URL:

http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=80684

Direct URL: http://www.umw.edu/training/inte/office/word/word_processing/index.htm

Compass Award

Read and rephrase

4. Word Processors II

Computer Literacy

MERLOT URL:http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=81597

Direct URL: http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/Word/tables.asp

HYPERLINK "http://www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/words/report/tables.htm"

Create a table

5. Spreadsheets

Microsoft Office Tutorial

MERLOT URL:

http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=81597

Direct URL: http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2000/excel/index.html

Create a chart or graph

6. Presentations I

Microsoft Office Tutorial

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=81597

Direct URL: http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/ppt/tips.asp

Create a rubric

7. Presentation II

Computer Literacy

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=90126

Direct URL: http://www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/presentations/advanced/index.html

Create a rubric

8. Networks and the Internet

Networks for Beginners

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=76036

Direct URL: http://www3.rad.com/networks/1997/nettut/main.html

Create a concept map

9. Email

Email Setup

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=253713

Direct URL: http://www.edwardwtromble.net/EDC604/email.html

Create a tutorial

10. Internet Basics

HTML Interactive Tutor

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=77309

Direct URL: http://www.davesite.com/webstation/html/

Create a concept map

11. Internet for Research

Internet Searches

MERLOT URL:http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=76967

Direct URL: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/searching/fournets.htm

Create a concept map

12. Evaluating Information

Evaluating Sources

MERLOT URL:

http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=333643

Direct URL:http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic32.htm

Prioritize Please

13. Research Paper

Writing and Citing Information Sources

MERLOT URL: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=386160

Direct URL:http://library.concordia.ca/help/tutorial/#

Create a wiki site

14. Graphics and Multimedia

Animoto Multimedia Creation

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=283327

Direct URL: http://animoto.com

Create a multimedia presentation

Topic 1 Computer Hardware

Subtopics

Basic Concepts

Components

Input Devices

Peripheral Devices

Objectives

Describe the functions of processing devices, memory devices, input and output devices, and storage devices in a computer.

Compare and contrast the use of the keyboard, the mouse, and other input devices to operate a computer.

Explain how a computer processes and stores information, and explain the uses of various types of computers (workstation, laptop, and palmtop).

Explain the steps of installing and using peripheral devices, such as printers and scanners.

Learning objects:

This Merlot Learning Activity (MLO) relates to the first learning objective which requires a basic understanding of the functions of processing devices, memory devices, input and output devices, and storage devices in a computer. It focuses on input/output devices.

Hardware Fundamentals

MERLOT URL: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=88948

Direct URL: http://jdurrett.ba.ttu.edu/courseware/hf100/hf100m6.htm

Critical thinking activity:

Two minute paper: Before reviewing the material, students will list what they know about computer input/output devices. After viewing the material, students will add to the paper, listing what they have learned and how they could apply it in two different projects.

Scaffold: The pictures, charts, and diagrams available in the Merlot tutorial serve to support and guide student learning.

Topic 2 Getting Started

Subtopics

Operating System Functions

Common Operating Systems

Cross-Platform Issues

File Management

Common Office Applications

Best Practices for Applications

Objectives

Explain the underlying functions of an operating system.

Compare and contrast the features of Windows, UNIX, Linux, Mac OS, and so on.

Explain the difficulties of working across different operating systems and how developers and users can cope with cross-platform issues.

Illustrate the use of file manager software to organize files into folders and to copy, move, and delete files.

Differentiate the uses of application software for text editing, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Illustrate the use of menus and help features to understand the capabilities of software.

Learning objects:

This MLO relates to the objective that requires students to explain the functions of an operating system.

How Operating Systems Work

MERLOT URL: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=78531

Direct URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/operating-system.htm

Critical thinking activity:

After reviewing the tutorial on how operating systems work, students will create their own tutorial in the form of a concept map. The concept map will show the sequence of the basic tasks in an operating system.

Scaffold: The site http://www.udel.edu/chem/white/teaching/ConceptMap.html will serve as scaffolding support.

Topic 3 Word Processors I

Subtopics:

Files

Entering and Editing Text

Simple Formatting

Spellcheck and Grammar Check

Autoformat and Autocorrect

Objectives:

Sequence steps to create, open, save, name, and rename files.

Use the keyboard (including delete, backspace, insert keys) to enter and edit text in a word processor.

Select features of page layout, paragraph, and font to format a document.

Use spellcheck and grammar check to proofread a document.

Select items in autoformat and autocorrectto suit a purpose.

Learning objects:

This MLO is based on the use of the keyboard to edit text.

Word Processing/Microsoft Word

MERLOT URL:http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=80684

Direct URL: http://www.umw.edu/training/inte/office/word/word_processing/index.htm

Critical thinking activity:

Read and rephrase - Students will review section C (composing and editing text) and participate in the online practice site below. Students will use problem solving skills to create a poster through the use of an online white board showing common errors and examples of how they can be corrected or changed using editing tools. This activity allows for practical application of the skills reviewed.

Scaffold: http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewAssignment.htm?id=349532&backPage=&hitlistPage=%2Fassignments.htm%3Fmaterial%3D80684. This site provides the learner with additional support to practice composing and editing text. http://www.scriblink.com/ Scriblink Online Whiteboard with common Word Tools.

Topic 4 Word Processing II

Subtopics:

Tables

Textboxes and Drawing Objects

Footnotes, Endnotes, and Comments

Templates

Objectives:

Format a table to present specific information, selecting number of columns and rows.

Edit a table using functions such as merge or split cells, insert or delete columns or rows, and align text.

Describe how to add textboxes and drawing objects, and choose alignment to text.

Describe how to add footnotes, endnotes, and comments.

Demonstrate the use of templates for reusable designs and items.

Learning objects:

This Merlot Learning Object (MLO) relates to the first objective which requires the ability to format a table to present specific information.

Computer Literacy

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=81597

DIRECT URL: http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/Word/tables.asp

Critical thinking activity:

The student will study the Microsoft Office Tutorial from the link provided. Based on the that information, the student will create a table with four columns to represent the third, fourth, and fifth grades, and five rows to represent the subjects of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Average scores to be inserted for Language Arts are as follows: Grade 3826, Grade 4842 and grade 5837. Average scores to be inserted for Math are as follows: Grade 3817, Grade 4822 and grade 5841. Average scores to be inserted for Science are as follows: Grade 3826, Grade 4842 and grade 5837. Average scores to be inserted for Social Studies are as follows: Grade 3835, Grade 4853 and grade 5844.

Scaffold: Peer tutors will provide procedural scaffolding for this lesson.

Topic 5 Spreadsheets

Subtopics:

Entering and Editing Data

Formatting

Mathematical Operations

Charts

Objectives

Define appropriate columns and rows and use the keyboard to enter and edit data in a spreadsheet.

Explain the number of formats available and their uses, and alignment of data in a cell.

Perform simple mathematical operations using functions.

Select an appropriate graphical format, such as graphs, pie charts, and so on and create them using data.

Learning objects:

The MLO relates to the fourth objective which requires the ability to select and create an appropriate graphical format.

Microsoft Office Tutorial

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=81597

Direct URL: http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/Excel/charts.asp

Critical thinking activity:

The student will study the Microsoft Office Tutorial from the link provided. Based on that information, the student will create a new workbook and type in the information from the table created in Topic 4. They will then select the most appropriate graphical format to display the information and insert the chart or graph into the workbook.

Scaffold: Peer tutors will provide procedural scaffolding for this activity.

Topic 6 Presentations I

Subtopics:

Templates

Slide layout

Text Formatting

Objectives:

Select available templates and create templates.

Select elements of slide layout (placement of text and graphics, columns, alignment, and so on) appropriate to information.

Select elements of text formatting (font face, size, color, and so on) appropriate for viewing as a presentation.

Learning objects:

The MLO relates to the third objective which requires the student to select elements of text formatting appropriate for viewing as a presentation.

Microsoft Office Tutorial

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=81597

Direct URL: http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/ppt/tips.asp

Critical thinking activity:

The student will study the Microsoft Office Tutorial from the link provided. Based on that information, the student will create a rubric for evaluating the design of Power Point presentations.

Scaffold: The website http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php will provide the procedural scaffolding for this activity.

Topic 7 Presentations II

Subtopics:

Transitions

Animation

Objects

Learning Objectives:

Select slide transitions and use action buttons.

Select elements of animation appropriate to information and purpose.

Explain the steps for inserting objects created in other software into a presentation.

Learning objects:

This MLO relates to all three learning objective which requires using slide transitions, animation, objects, as well as other advanced presentation elements.

Computer Literacy

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=90126

Direct URL: http://www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/presentations/advanced/index.html

HYPERLINK "http://www.jegsworks.com/Lessons/presentations/advanced/index.html"

Critical thinking activity:

The student will use the advanced presentation website to learn how to create an advanced Powerpoint. Based on the information learned, the student will create a rubric for an advanced designed Power Point presentation to include transitions, animation, and objects as well as other advanced design tools.

Scaffold: The website http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php will provide the procedural scaffolding for this activity.

Topic 8 Networks and the Internet

Subtopics

Networks

Network Performance

Internet Service Providers

Hardware and Software Requirement

Learning Objectives

Describe different types of networks and their uses.

Explain data transmission factors, such as bandwidth and protocols.

List and describe facilities offered by various types of Internet Service Providers (ISP).

Describe the functions of the hardware (modem) and software (browser and virus protection) used to connect to networks and the Internet.

Learning objects:

This MLO relates to all the objectives covering the topic of networks and the internet. For example, the object used, a website, describes and details what networks are, what types of networks are out there.

Networks for Beginners

MERLOT URL: http://merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=76036

Direct URL: http://www3.rad.com/networks/1997/nettut/main.html

Critical thinking activity:

The student will discover information about networks, network performance, Internet service providers, and hardware and software requirements through the website Network for Beginners. The student will then create a concept map, using Inspritation, Gliffy, or any other concept map making program, to link the subtopics to a computer and then to at least two other subtopics.

Scaffold: The creation of the concept map will provide the scaffolding for this topic.

Topic 9 Email

Subtopics

Creating an Account

Writing Messages

Organizing Messages

Address Book

Learning Objectives

List the steps of creating an...

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