Bloomsburg’s first online asynchronous DUI workshop

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The Office of Student Standards at Bloomsburg University wanted to help and educate current students who have consumed alcohol to the point that it resulted in a formal citation of DUI. These citations have involved the police either on or off campus, in which the students then have to attend an hour long asynchronous online DUI educational workshop.  Michelle Campbell, Cody Hack, Amy Pfleegor and Michael Thompson from the university’s Advanced Instructional Design course have designed, developed and implemented a new program in the form of an online educational workshop specifically for students convicted of DUI.

The web-based program idea came from Jennifer Raup, the Assistant Director of Student Standards at Bloomsburg University; as she wanted to see students that have been convicted of a DUI go through an instructional training course to help them recognize how detrimental and destructive drinking and driving is. Raup expressed her desire to have the workshop be specifically related to DUI facts that would help the students think and reflect upon the personal, legal and academic consequences of getting a DUI citation, which she called a “ripple effect”.

The training is mandatory for students who have acquired a DUI and was based upon a comprehensive needs analysis. In addition, the client specifications, meaning that the DUI team engaged in a process of analysis that included designing, developing the educational material, implementation of it and an ongoing evaluation of each phase throughout the development of the program, to determine which methods would be most effective in helping this particular student population.

The interactive project was developed and designed in Adobe Presenter format and was implemented within the university’s own Blackboard course site. During the workshop the students are required to participate in the instructional material by writing notes, working through interactive reflection pieces that pertain to what they have just learned, watch two testimonies from students who had been cited for DUI and view clips from a video which graphically depicts the terrible results of a DUI car accident.  The DUI workshop is also narrated and contains five personal stories about individuals whose lives had been dramatically altered by a DUI accident.  Additionally, the instructional material has a pre and post test. This is a 20 question assessment given at the beginning and end of the hour long program.

The client requested that the learners complete the instructional assessment with 80% accuracy or above. If the student does not achieve an 80%, the test can be retaken up to three times in order for the student to receive a passing grade. To determine if 80% mastery could be attained a small group evaluation was conducted on 10 participants.

While the scores remained the same on eight of the assessment items this may be have been due to previous knowledge of the topic.  15% of the questions showed a significant raise in the scores and 20% of the questions had a moderate increase. Overall, the results from the pre and post assessment items showed conclusively that scores do indeed increase either significantly or moderately after the introduction of the DUI workshop.  The data would also indicate that the instructional material meets its objectives and most importantly its terminal objective. After participating in the DUI workshop the learners will recognize the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

General Information: Age range of students being cited for DUIs

18-19 Freshman

Young Sophomores

Rarely Junior/Seniors

70% of ALL alcohol related incidents happen in the freshman year (not just DUI)

For additional information on this project, or if you would be interested in forming a partnership with the Institute for Interactive Technologies to develop a different project, please contact:

Dr. Timothy PhillipsInstitute for Interactive Technologies

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, PA 17815

(570) 389-4875

tphillip@bloomu.edu

Dr. Karl M. KappInstitute for Interactive Technologies

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg, PA 17815

(570) 389-4849

kkapp@bloomu.edu

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