ERIC Number: ED373768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of a Computer Assisted Learning System: Student Perception and Reactions.
Gibbs, W. J.; And Others
Within the Mathematics of Finance classes at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Penn State University, lectures are developed using Asymetric's Toolbook program and are presented through a computer system. This approach was implemented because it has the potential to convey effectively concepts that are ordinarily difficult to communicate to large classes of students. For example, the class can input arbitrary interest rates and instantly see their effects on other variables. In the fall semester of 1992, an analysis was conducted on a class of 58 junior-level actuarial science students by making video recordings of all class lectures. One camera focused on students and their physical reactions and the second camera recorded images projected by the computer system. Students also took pretest and posttest attitude surveys about the lectures. The video-recording technique was an effective methodology, in spite of the time required for analysis. Students, as expected from their pretest attitudes, found the approach comfortable and appeared to perceive the animation of the concepts and ideas as useful and attention gaining. One table and seven figures present analysis data. (Contains 6 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Finance; Pennsylvania State University; ToolBook
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.