A New Software Tool for Teachers to Create Instructional Apps
Abstract: Most software for creating instruction is burdensome for the developer, whether a K-12 teacher, a college professor, or a corporate trainer. To use such software, instructional developers need to acquire visual design knowledge and technical skills sufficient to present instructional media (i.e., text, images, audio, and video) in a consistent and appealing manner. Even after acquiring the requisite design knowledge, instructional developers still need to acquire, at minimum, technical skills sufficient to insert and to program buttons for navigation and to provide feedback. The most technically efficient instructional developers acquire computer programming skills in order to develop instructional apps. Without the programming skills, many instructional developers are left to create instructional presentations, which are important in teaching and learning, but students also need to engage in hands-on practice. Today, a new type of instructional development tool enables all teachers to create instructional apps, which present instructional materials and, increasingly, provide learners opportunities to practice. This session demonstrations the features and limitations of the old tools and contrasts those with the new software tool for creating instructional apps, which streamlines the development of instructional presentations and permits some forms of learner practice.