Curriculum Development Internship
The intern assigned to the curriculum development group will be involved in the analysis, design, development, and evaluation of course materials. They will become aware of the instructional design processes that are used to design and develop effective meaningful learning environments for our member agencies. During the analysis phase, interns will help conduct needs assessment, audience analysis and assist with storyboarding, flowcharting, and organizing content material. In the design phase, they will be responsible for creating computer graphics, inputting text and designing the layout (whether it be paper-based or computer-based training). The development phase will enable interns to combine all of the media they created and written documents into a curriculum plan. This entails producing the text manuals to accompany the training and developing the computer programs and visual aids to enhance the learning process. Finally, the evaluation phase will allow interns to proof-read, edit, test, debug, and make any necessary modifications to training materials prior to delivery.
Overview/orientation: Interns will work closely with an assigned member of the curriculum development group. The mentor will guide interns along through the different phases of planning and developing curriculum materials. An orientation period will take place during the first day on the job as interns will be introduced to member of the curriculum group. Interns will spend one hour with each staff member to become familiar with team roles and responsibilities.
The focus will be on the design and development of text (content) and materials (manuals, slides, presentations) for training programs; instructional design and screen design for courses and CBT programs; assistance with scanning of documents, etc. In reference to graphics and multimedia development, interns will use graphics software to develop specialized artwork for training programs; development of overheads, diagrams, or other graphics related to special projects.
Teamwork experience includes teaching students to work in a team environment; assisting with all aspects of the project team including archiving files, cataloging and storage of research material in the curriculum library, assisting with surveys and assessments, and other group activities.
- Expectations (both Intern and Center): The internís focus is to acquire a deeper insight into how curriculum and course materials are generated and support the training mission of the Center. They will experience how manuals, visual aids, and training courses are developed by using a hands-on approach. Interns will be assigned a team role, requiring them to participate in the design and development of training materials.
- Work assignments (Intern and Staff): All interns will be responsible for completing individual assignments. Some of the tasks will include assisting with developing computer graphics using PC based graphics software (Corel Draw, Paint Shop Pro), designing text-based manuals (Adobe PageMaker, Microsoft Publisher), and creating web-pages (Microsoft FrontPage).
- Reports: A weekly journal will be kept by the intern detailing what new skills and knowledge has been acquired during the internship. Work assignments and team projects will be recorded with notes describing the internís key role in the development process. In addition, the staff assigned to the intern will evaluate the intern's professionalism, team effort, work product, and performance.
- Observations vs. hands-on approach: During some of the activities, interns will be asked to observe the task being performed (such as importing an image into FrontPage Editor) and then will be asked to repeat the same process. This hands-on approach will help the intern learn new skills by doing the task themselves.
- Length of time for assignment: A particular assignment may last for one or two days, depending on the complexity of the task. Entering text into a word editor maybe one aspect of creating a manual which would then require additional time to format and design the layout. This assignment may take several days to complete the section of the manual being written. Other tasks, such as designing a Home Page in HTML may take several hours. Assignments will change periodically to provide interns with a full perspective of curriculum development.
(Web-posted 01/03/2000; sent by Dr. Lynn Dombrowski)
- Intern and program evaluations: Intern evaluations will be conducted at the completion of the assigned internship. The group member assigned to the intern will complete an evaluation based on the internís performance. In addition, the intern will be required to complete a program evaluation of the internship. This will help the curriculum group improve the effectiveness and meaningfulness of the internship program based on the internís feedback.
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