Introduction - Section III

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This final section of this e-book is designed to introduce you to some of the leaders in the field of instrucional technology. Unlike the chapters in the first two sections of this e-book, the chapters contained in this section are narrated presentations and they are intended to be completed by graduate students (i.e., not faculty members).

The idea for this section came from an assignment in the Master's level Introduction to Instructional Technology course at the University of Georgia. The assignment itself asks students to choose a leader from the field of instructional technoloy from a list or to suggest and provide a rationale for a leader not included on the list. Students then become familiar with the leader's background and their writings, along with making contact with their leader if that is possible. Once they collect this information they create a 15 minute narrated presentation using PowerPoint (or some other form of presentation software). Many of the initial chapters that are selected for this section come the student projects that have been completed during previous semesters of this course.

The actual assignment information for the project utilized in the University of Georgia course is included as Appendix A. If you have a similar assignment in your graduate course or would like to make this assignment a part of your course, please consider submitting the better examples as chapters for this section.

Appendix A

IT Leader Presentation


This task requires you to identify and investigate a leader within the instructional technology field. A "leader" is broadly defined as a researcher, instructional designer, author, consultant, or any other significant role related to the field of instructional technology. This leader should be nationally or internationally known. Previous classes of students in this department have generated a list of IT Leaders that may help you in finding a candidate. Your task is to investigate this person's work, including if possible, making personal contact, and to summarize your leader's contributions to the field to the class in the form of a Narrated PowerPoint presentation.

Narrated PowerPoint files can be a powerful way to communicate your ideas. To get an idea for how you can tell a story, use this example of a story told by Craig Cerreta. To create a narrated powerpoint file, you will need to make some specific recording settings in PowerPoint. Use this recording to learn how to do this. You will use the PowerPoint "Record Narration" option and submit the PowerPoint file with all of its narration and transitions. We will then "impaticize" it for you. Finally, we will then have an asynchronous presentation of the these files.


  • Information about professional preparation
  • Current work
  • Significant accomplishment(s)
  • Overall estimation of the leader's contribution to the field of instructional technology

Suggested Strategies:

Select a leader from the list provided, or obtain approval for a leader who is not on the list. Compile a bibliography of this person's published writings. (ERIC is a good resource to help you accomplish this task, as well as the WWW.) Read several of the writings written by or about this leader. Hopefully, you'll be able to contact your leader through email or telephone for a brief interview. Prepare a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation about your leader, and deliver it in class. The only major restriction on choosing your leader is that you should select someone outside of the Department of Instructional Technology at The University of Georgia.

Here are three sample presentations created by previous students:


Assessment Rubric
Criterion Weight Low Medium High
Presentation communicates a substantial amount of information about the IT practitioner. 30% Information is sketchy and incomplete Information is adequate, but not unique Information is comprehensive and interesting
Presentation is well-paced (neither too fast nor too slow), and stays within the 10-15 minute time frame. 10% Numerous gaps or too much info too fast Fairly easy to follow, but somewhat dull Easy to follow and stimulating
Presentation is interesting and appealing 10% Not really Somewhat Definitely
Presentation visuals follow basic design principles for PowerPoint presentations 10% More than 1 design flaw 1 flaw (e.g., too much animation) 0 problems
Visuals are free of grammatical errors 10% Over 3 errors 2-3 errors 0-1 errors
Presentation shows evidence of involvement with the task (critical thinking, creativity, synthesis, etc.) 30% Little Some Lots