ERIC Number: ED390472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Rejuvenating Instruction through Development of an Applied Lab for Sociology Students.
Rosengarten, Ellen; Fletcher, Dona
The Center for Applied Social Issues (CASI), at Ohio's Sinclair Community College, is an interactive environment for sociology students, providing hands-on, course-integrated opportunities for learning sociological principles. Opened in fall 1992, CASI consists of computer applications, audio-visual aids, and table-top activities that extend classroom knowledge, reinforce basic knowledge, foster critical thinking, and permit exploration of advanced ideas. The CASI lab is open days and evenings, as well as a few hours on Saturdays, and is continually staffed by students who have completed the college's introductory sociology sequence with superior grades. One year after opening, faculty at the college had developed 106 activities for CASI, while the Center is in the process of obtaining multimedia workstations and laserdisk activities and developing multimedia presentations that will reinforce and enhance classroom materials. Approximately 27 students can be accommodated at one time, with 50 to 88 students typically using the lab for the 45-hour per week that CASI is open. All activities are self-paced and allow students to repeat as necessary, while instructors generally use CASI to assign required or provide extra-credit activities. Students pay no fees to use the lab, with the CASI budget combined with budgets of other Liberal Arts and Sciences labs and administered by a coordinator. Five hours of release time each quarter are granted to the faculty member who administers the lab, hires and supervises student workers, administers an evaluation, and plans the budget. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sinclair Community College OH
Note: In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Successful College Teaching (18th, Orlando, Florida, February 26-28, 1994); see JC 960 033.