ERIC Number: ED143588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Computer in the (History) Classroom.
Schafer, Robert G.
AHA Newsletter, v15 n7 Oct 1977
The paper discusses how computer assisted instruction can increase student interest and participation in history courses on the college level. An instructor might make use of a computer as an ancillary data bank system, a device for examining student understanding of course material, and a means of creating simulation and other educational games. Several computer exercises are described and student reactions to these games are discussed. Student interest in and learning from computer games is generally high, although some negative feedback from students preferring a more traditional course is noted. General guidelines to teachers composing computer exercises are presented. The author advises that the games be short, simple, specific, interesting, non-ambiguous, that they emphasize important points in the exercise, and that they involve the player continuously through frequent demand for decisions. The conclusion is that use of computers in the classroom is one way of maintaining the vitality of the study of history and reversing the trend of declining enrollment in history courses due to student disinterest. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Educational Games, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Evaluation, Guidelines, Higher Education, History Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Learning Activities, Simulation, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Machines, Teaching Methods
American Historical Association, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003 ($1.00, paper cover)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Washington, D.C., December 28-30, 1976)