Graduate Research Papers


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Educational technology; Multimedia communications--Computer-assisted instruction; Educational innovations; Instructional systems; Teaching--Aids and devices;


This project involved exploring whether or not virtual server technologies are viable and effective tools for human performance enhancement. The goal of this project was to conduct a comparative analysis of three specific virtual servers (i.e., YouTube, TeacherTube, and iTunesU) to determine whether or not either of these would serve as effective assets for improving the media development and delivery capabilities of the staff and faculty members at Hawkeye Community College. Four collaborative multimedia development projects were produced, monitored and evaluated to determine the levels of consistency, reliability, and user-friendliness in departmental media delivery processes. The research team of Hawkeye's Brobst Center for Teaching and Learning Services adapted quickly in developing best practices for assisting faculty/staff in preparing content for virtual server media delivery. Student feedback and· statistical data from each of the multimedia projects have verified that TeacherTube, YouTube, and iTunesU are effective tools for consistent, predictable, and user-friendly media delivery. Yet, more research must be conducted before it can be determined which of these is the most effective solution for campus-wide implementation. Currently, the collaborators are satisfied with the quality of the video modules that have been produced. Furthermore, these virtual servers have enabled them to reach a broad audience via the Internet. To be precise, 13 videos were produced and uploaded to YouTube. In tum, these videos received 284 views. The 24 videos that were produced and uploaded to TeacherTube, have received 19,309 views. Separately, 390 videos were produced and uploaded to iTunesU. All of the research team's videos are now available online for anyone to experience at any time from any global location that possesses Internet access. However, more possibilities for human performance enhancement and campus-wide implementation must be pursued.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Leigh E. Zeitz


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