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Design, Development and Evaluation

The CITSIE faculty and staff use a systematic process to design and develop learning materials based on a firm theoretical and research foundation.  For example, CITSIE faculty and their students have been involved in a diverse range of projects that include developing an informational CD-ROM for Alliant, conducting workshops for R. R. Donnelley Publishing and Carilion, evaluating programs offered through the PBS TeacherLine series, and developing virtual museum websites. CITSIE program faculty and students work with faculty to help them design, develop, or re-purpose courses or course materials in areas ranging from health promotions to human development to agricultural education.

Current and past projects include

  • Integrated Design/Education/Arts Studio (IDEAS)
    Using arts programming, delivered at a distance, to develop creative and critical thinking skills and teach Virginia Standards of Learning to school children throughout Virginia.

  • Distance Learning Curriculum in Animal Breeding and Genetics
    Creating online, graduate-level programming in animal breeding and genetics that may be taken by students at universities and colleges across the United States.

  • Refining the Studio Method 
    Developing curriculum materials based on research in the studio experience as a method for teaching human-computer interaction. The results of this project should be applicable to other design disciplines as well.

  • Virginia Department of Transportation University 
    Produced courses for VDOT’s Virtual Campus, a web-based learning management system that provides training resources to employees and businesses.

  • Art Museum of Western Virginia
    Informed the development of an online, inquiry-based system where students could examine artwork from the museum collection, as well as conducted an assessment of the equipment needed by public schools in Southwestern Virginia to participate in the distance learning programming offered by the museum.

  • Planning Phoebe’s Field
    Planned museum exhibit to teach scientific concepts of fields based on current theories of  learning and educational research.