CCE Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Information Systems (DCIS)


College of Engineering and Computing


Steven R. Terrell

Committee Member

Gertrude W. Abramson

Committee Member

Helen St. Aubin


hybrid, multimedia design, pilot testing, radiology education


Medical schools in the United States have begun the process of changing the teaching methodologies used in the classroom. The traditional, teacher-centered environment is shifting toward a more student-centered, active learning environment. Part of this shift is the integration of online learning to deliver a continuously expanding medical curriculum by moving content learning outside the classroom and creating active learning activities for the classroom. As more medical schools adopt online learning as a supplemental teaching tool, medical education faculty are taking on the role of instructional designers without having any theoretical knowledge on adult learning theory or online learning practices. Schools are developing online learning materials without relying on an instructional design framework to guide the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the online curriculum. This can result in developing online materials that do not meet the intended objectives, are designed poorly, or do not incorporate learning principles specific to the way humans use computers to learn. At the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the third year radiology clerkship is a requirement of the curriculum; however, the rotation only lasts two weeks, versus the four to seven weeks provided the other six rotations. Student group sessions led by the radiology clerkship director are limited to four hours in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. This limited time has driven the need to explore alternative solutions for the delivery of the learning material to students. This study seeks to apply an instructional design process, ADDIE, to the development of four e-learning modules for a third year, required, radiology clerkship course using the ADDIE process as a framework and incorporating a rapid prototyping approach. The purpose is to identify how to effectively implement an instructional design methodology, ADDIE, using rapid prototyping when developing supplemental online learning materials for a radiology clerkship course.