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ERIC Number: ED315056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 20
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Issues in Integrating Computers into an Operant Lab Course.
Brazier, Mary M.
A project at Loyola University introduced microcomputers into the animal operant laboratory taught in conjunction with a course on the psychology of learning. An IBM-compatible (Zenith) microcomputer, interfacing components, and the OPERANT/PC software program were selected to control the operant chambers and collect data. An instructor-generated survey was conducted to assess students' prior experience and computer skills, and handouts, demonstrations, and an initial computer assignment were developed to introduce the system. At the end of the course, students completed the instructor-generated survey again. Evaluation of the system was based on student reactions, student performance, and survey responses. Results indicated that the system allowed laboratory activities to be expanded and to include more information, freed the instructor from technical duties so that he could focus on course content, and provided students with better laboratory and research experience as well as an introduction to computers. Six references are listed. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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