Spring 2020 ITLS-5245-699 XL Syllabus


Jeremy F. Merrill

  • Email: jfrederickmerrill@gmail.com
  • Phone (Call/Text): 435-512-9474
  • Office Location: N/A (Remote)
  • Office Hours: By Appointment Only via Zoom, GoTo Meeting, Hangout or regular old phone call


How to Contact Me

Please send me an email to the email address listed above and I'll do my best to respond to any messages within 24-48 hours. I won't respond as quickly if you send me a message on Canvas.  Please use my above gmail address. I typically work 8am to 4pm M-F, but may be available during this time for scheduled appointments.  We can chat via Zoom, GoTo Meeting, Google Hangouts or just a regular old phone call.   I want you to feel like I'm here to help you - so, let me know what is convenient for you and I can usually make it work.

How I Will Contact You

I will NOT be using Canvas very often to send announcements.  You will get what you need when you come to class.  If I need to make an announcement that is time sensitive for class then I will send out a canvas announcement.  I prefer face to face announcements, then email, then canvas.  If you love Canvas and saddened I will not be using it very often, then I am sorry.  The main reason I will limit Canvas use is because we will be learning a software in this class and Canvas is not the ideal tool to use for us to best learn a new software. 

Course Description

  • ITLS 5245/6245
  • Interactive Multimedia Production


No fees are required for this course.

Course Details

Course Layout

This class is presented in a face to face format with students who are online able to complete learning activities. This class goes from January 6th - April 23rd.  The class is divided into 15 weeks of instruction.  Online students please contact me as soon as possible for your course layout which differs slightly from the face to face class layout.

We will consistently put into practice the following:

1. Discussing and learning design and development

2. Brainstorming and iteratively design course content

3. Developing and re-developing course content within Adobe Captivate

4. Verifying and troubleshooting course project to make sure it is interactive and works properly for a learner



This class will be set up as a project based class, which means from the first day of class we will begin working towards a project that you will submit for your final project for this class.  Each class will be structured as the following: 1 hour of instruction, 1 hour of work time, 30 minutes of evaluation and discussion.  You will be graded every time you come to class.  I will be grading you in the following way: Participation in class instruction and discussion, Productive use of time during in class work time, evaluation for the current class.  After each class I will enter grades for those 3 areas.  Come to class, engage yourself within the class and push yourself to learn hard new things.  If you do this then I promise that you will get the grade you desire and have earned and you will be prepared to get a job in the future based on the skills you've gained while in this class.  For online students, I expect you to "pretend" to have your own class during a specified time where you will follow the above structure.  We will talk about how we will do the evaluation and discussion.



We will be having in class discussions.  Online students please contact me for how you will utilize discussions.


Technology Statement

This course utilizes integrated technology throughout the coursework to the extent that mastery of their use is required for successful completion of the course. However, as problems arise you can always contact me and I will help as much as possible. Your greater ally for technology support are the friendly folks at USU IT Service Desk (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site., and if you have a Canvas related problem you can contact the USU CIDI Team at 435-797-9506 (M-F, 8am-5pm). Please let me know if technology is getting in the way of learning, and I'll do all that I can to provide the support you need.


Course Objectives

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to leverage technology for instruction.
  2. Organize their time and abilities in order to create instruction on a deadline.
  3. Produce instruction containing technology that benefits and encourages their audience.
  4. Understand that their ideas can lead to advancement in educating and training all types of learners.

IDEA Objectives

  1. Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends)
  2. Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories
  3. Learning to Apply Course Material (to improve thinking, problem-solving, and decisions)
  4. Developing specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course
  5. Acquiring skills in working with others as a member of a team
  6. Developing creative capacities (writing, inventing, designing, performing in art, music, drama, etc.)
  7. Gaining a broader understanding and appreciation of intellectual/cultural activity
  8. Developing skill in expressing myself orally or in writing
  9. Learning how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems
  10. Developing a clearer understanding of, and commitment to, personal values
  11. Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view
  12. Acquiring an interest in learning more by asking questions and seeking answers

Course Resources

Adobe Captivate

The Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department has access to several licenses for Captivate. They will be putting some in the ITLS computer lab in the Education Building on the Logan campus. For those of you that are local it is recommended that you come to campus to use Captivate. If you are at a distance you will need to work with Kris Borecki (kris.borecki@usu.edu) to get access to the software.

Linkedin Learning

I would highly recommend signing up for a free 30 day trial to Linkedin Learning (Formerly Lynda.com) and begin taking some of the intro courses on Adobe Captivate.  Make sure you are not taking course on Adobe Captivate Prime, that is an LMS which we will not be learning in this class.

Course Requirements


Adobe Captivate 2019: The Essentials

We're going to use the tutorials from this book as a jumping off point to get to know Captivate!




Adobe Captivate 2019

Grade Scheme

The following grading standards will be used in this class:

Grade Range
A 100 % to 93.0%
A- < 93.0 % to 90.0%
B+ < 90.0 % to 87.0%
B < 87.0 % to 83.0%
B- < 83.0 % to 80.0%
C+ < 80.0 % to 77.0%
C < 77.0 % to 73.0%
C- < 73.0 % to 70.0%
D+ < 70.0 % to 67.0%
D < 67.0 % to 60.0%
F < 59.0 % to 0.0%

Course Schedule/Outline

Week Date Topic
1 Jan. 9th Introduction/What to Expect/Basics of Instruction Design

Jan. 16th

Intro to Adobe Captivate/Selecting a course to design and develop

3 Jan. 23rd Exploring Adobe Captivate in more depth
4 Jan. 30th Limitations & Affordances
5 Feb. 6th TBD
6 Feb. 13th TBD
7 Feb. 20th TBD
8 Feb. 27th TBD
9 Mar. 5th Spring Break! NO CLASS
10 Mar. 12th TBD
11 Mar. 19th TBD
12 Mar. 26th TBD
13 Apr. 2nd TBD
14 Apr. 9th TBD
15 Apr. 16th TBD
16 Apr. 23th Final Project (LAST DAY OF CLASS)

Assumption of Risk

All classes, programs, and extracurricular activities within the University involve some risk, and certain ones involve travel. The University provides opportunities to participate in these programs on a voluntary basis. Therefore, students should not participate in them if they do not care to assume the risks. Students can ask the respective program leaders/sponsors about the possible risks a program may generate, and if students are not willing to assume the risks, they should not select that program. By voluntarily participating in classes, programs, and extracurricular activities, a student does so at his or her own risk. General information about University Risk Management policies, insurance coverage, vehicle use policies, and risk management forms can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/riskmgt/

Library Services

All USU students attending classes in Logan, at our Regional Campuses, or online can access all databases, e-journals, and e-books regardless of location. Additionally, the library will mail printed books to students, at no charge to them. Students can also borrow books from any Utah academic library. Take advantage of all library services and learn more at libguides.usu.edu/rc.

University Policies & Procedures

Academic Freedom and Professional Responsibilities

Academic freedom is the right to teach, study, discuss, investigate, discover, create, and publish freely. Academic freedom protects the rights of faculty members in teaching and of students in learning. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Faculty members are entitled to full freedom in teaching, research, and creative activities, subject to the limitations imposed by professional responsibility. Faculty Code Policy #403 further defines academic freedom and professional responsibilities.

Academic Integrity – "The Honor System"

Each student has the right and duty to pursue his or her academic experience free of dishonesty. To enhance the learning environment at Utah State University and to develop student academic integrity, each student agrees to the following Honor Pledge:
"I pledge, on my honor, to conduct myself with the foremost level of academic integrity."
A student who lives by the Honor Pledge is a student who does more than not cheat, falsify, or plagiarize. A student who lives by the Honor Pledge:

  • Espouses academic integrity as an underlying and essential principle of the Utah State University community;
  • Understands that each act of academic dishonesty devalues every degree that is awarded by this institution; and
  • Is a welcomed and valued member of Utah State University.

Academic Dishonesty

The instructor of this course will take appropriate actions in response to Academic Dishonesty, as defined the University’s Student Code.  Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating: using, attempting to use, or providing others with any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, examinations, or in any other academic exercise or activity.  Unauthorized assistance includes:
    • Working in a group when the instructor has designated that the quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity be done “individually;”
    • Depending on the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;
    • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, in taking an examination or preparing academic work;
    • Acquiring tests or other academic material belonging to a faculty member, staff member, or another student without express permission;
    • Continuing to write after time has been called on a quiz, test, examination, or any other academic exercise or activity;
    • Submitting substantially the same work for credit in more than one class, except with prior approval of the instructor; or engaging in any form of research fraud.
  • Falsification: altering or fabricating any information or citation in an academic exercise or activity.
  • Plagiarism: representing, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person as one‘s own in any academic exercise or activity without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes using materials prepared by another person or by an agency engaged in the sale of term papers or other academic materials.

For additional information go to: ARTICLE VI. University Regulations Regarding Academic Integrity

Sexual Harassment/Title IX

Utah State University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination and to fostering respect and dignity for all members of the USU community. Title IX and USU Policy 339 address sexual harassment in the workplace and academic setting.

The university responds promptly upon learning of any form of possible discrimination or sexual misconduct.  Any individual may contact USU’s Office of Equity for available options and resources or clarification.  The university has established a complaint procedure to handle all types of discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment (USU Policy 305), and has designated the Office of Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator as the official responsible for receiving and investigating complaints of sexual harassment. 

Withdrawal Policy and "I" Grade Policy

Students are required to complete all courses for which they are registered by the end of the semester. In some cases, a student may be unable to complete all of the coursework because of extenuating circumstances, but not due to poor performance or to retain financial aid. The term ‘extenuating’ circumstances includes: (1) incapacitating illness which prevents a student from attending classes for a minimum period of two weeks, (2) a death in the immediate family, (3) financial responsibilities requiring a student to alter a work schedule to secure employment, (4) change in work schedule as required by an employer, or (5) other emergencies deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Students with Disabilities

USU welcomes students with disabilities. If you have, or suspect you may have, a physical, mental health, or learning disability that may require accommodations in this course, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as early in the semester as possible (University Inn # 101, (435) 797‐2444, drc@usu.edu). All disability related accommodations must be approved by the DRC.  Once approved, the DRC will coordinate with faculty to provide accommodations.

Diversity Statement

Regardless of intent, careless or ill-informed remarks can be offensive and hurtful to others and detract from the learning climate. If you feel uncomfortable in a classroom due to offensive language or actions by an instructor or student(s) regarding ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, contact:

You can learn about your student rights by visiting:
The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University: https://studentconduct.usu.edu/studentcode

Grievance Process

Students who feel they have been unfairly treated may file a grievance through the channels and procedures described in the Student Code: Article VII.

Full details for USU Academic Policies and Procedures can be found at:

Emergency Procedures

In the case of a drill or real emergency, classes will be notified to evacuate the building by the sound of the fire/emergency alarm system or by a building representative. In the event of a disaster that may interfere with either notification, evacuate as the situation dictates (i.e., in an earthquake when shaking ceases or immediately when a fire is discovered). Turn off computers and take any personal items with you. Elevators should not be used; instead, use the closest stairs.