ERIC Number: ED264821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Nebraska Videodisc Science Laboratory Simulations. Executive Summary (and) Science Lab Videodiscs: Evaluation Report. A Report from the Annenberg/CPB Project.
Davis, Barbara Gross
To explore the potential of computer controlled videodiscs for simulating undergraduate science laboratory instruction, the Annenberg/CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) Project funded the University of Nebraska to create and field test six videodisc laboratory experiments, two each in biology, chemistry, and physics. The six discs were field tested with nearly 700 college students and 45 instructors in seven colleges and universities across the country to yield information on the following topics: the instructional, pedagogical, and production quality of the discs; faculty and student acceptance of this approach; how the simulations compared with traditional science laboratories; and costs of the new technologies compared to traditional approaches. Data were collected using formal and informal methods--surveys, interviews, observations, and anecdotal reports. Results of the field tests indicate that both faculty and students identified effective features of each disc, particularly self-pacing aspects and opportunities for feedback. Discs were less well received by faculty at research universities than at smaller colleges and universities; however, all faculty agreed that videodiscs are appropriate for teaching experiments that otherwise could not be taught, and for teaching students who otherwise would not have access to science laboratory instruction. In addition to the executive summary, this document also includes the complete evaluation report which provides information and data on: details of the evaluation method, student demographics and attitudes, acceptability of videodiscs to instructors and students, comparison of videodisc and laboratory experiments, costs, the future potential of videodisc, recommendations, and references. Appendix A provides a critique of each of the six videodiscs and Appendix B provides detailed questionnaire results. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.