ERIC Number: ED354953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes toward Videodisc Technology in the Dallas County Community College District.
Olson, Margot A.; And Others
A study was conducted in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) in Texas to investigate the attitudes of students and professors toward the use of interactive videodisc technology in the classroom. In contrast to a videotape which must be wound and rewound to find a particular segment, videodisc technology allows the instructor to retrieve any of thousands of visual images or motion sequences in less than 5 seconds. With a computer acting as a controller, images can be sorted and sequenced to play in whatever order is needed to illustrate a concept, an example, or point. Faculty perceptions were assessed at a 1-day convocation of DCCCD professional staff, during which interested faculty were able to attend a discussion and demonstration of videodisc technology by a humanities and a history professor. Student preferences for particular instructional formats were determined by surveying history students at the beginning and end of the semester. In addition, student and faculty reactions to a videodisc presentation on the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh were assessed, particularly in comparison with a slide presentation on the works of Monet. Study findings included the following: (1) 84% of the 15 faculty respondents thought that the humanities videodisc system looked easy to use; however, only 26% felt that the system was affordable, and only 40% signed up to pursue the use of the videodisc system as an instructional strategy; (2) "listening to lectures with illustrated visuals" was consistently ranked as the preferred instructional method by the history students, while "researching and writing on an assigned topic,""researching and writing on a topic of choice," and "reading comprehensive textbooks" were the least favorite; (3) reactions of humanities students and professors to the videodisc presentation were overwhelmingly positive, especially with respect to the provision of interesting and varied materials; and (4) humanities students rated the videodisc presentation higher than the slide presentation on all 13 survey items. Data tables and the survey instruments are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dallas County Community Coll. District, TX.