ERIC Number: ED390458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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Using Professional Software To Enhance Teaching Excellence.
Coulter, Fredrik V.; Stryker, Judson P.
Commitment to teaching excellence is enhanced when innovative and creative methods are introduced into the education setting. With today's rapidly changing technology, professional and presentation software can be used to improve the learning process. At Florida's Stetson University, professional estate, gift, and fiduciary software packages were combined with text material, role playing, and research activities in a graduate tax course to enhance the students' learning experience. The software stimulated interest and allowed students to focus on concepts rather than the repetitive mechanical process of preparing tax forms. The best situation for use of the software is if students have access to home computers, install the necessary software on the home computer, and have all of the software manuals. The second best plan would be to install the program in the university's computer labs and distribute copies of the manuals to students. Another area in which the University is experimenting is the use of presentation software for class lectures to ease preparation of visual aids and provide well-structured lectures. By embracing commercial software, instructors can find programs which will ease some of their workload, create a better learning environment, and prepare their students for entry into the real world. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Stetson University FL
Note: In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Successful College Teaching (18th, Orlando, Florida, February 26-28, 1994); see JC 960 033.