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ERIC Number: ED369391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 109
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Hands-On Instruction in an Electronic Classroom. A Final Report to the U.S. Dept. of Education of a Research and Development Grant Awarded To Establish a Fully-Equipped Electronic Training Room and Test the Effectiveness of Hands-On Instruction in Learning the NOTIS OPAC and Silver-Platter ERIC.
Wiggins, Marvin E.
This document is the final report to the U.S. Department of Education of a research and development grant awarded to establish a fully equipped electronic training room and test the effectiveness of hands-on instruction in learning the NOTIS OPAC (online public access catalog) and the Silver-Platter ERIC database on CD-ROM. The purpose of the study was: (1) to identify common errors and problems experienced by students using computer-based research tools; (2) to develop hands-on training modules for specific computer systems; (3) to create a computer-equipped training facility that can serve as a model for other institutions; and (4) to implement the training modules on an experimental basis, evaluate their effectiveness, and further refine them. The study was divided into a NOTIS study and an ERIC study. The NOTIS study found no measurable difference in learning between the hands-on group and the lecture/demonstration group. The ERIC group found that hands-on instruction was slightly more effective than a lecture/demonstration alternative and that student interest is enhanced when taught in an hands-on environment. (Contains 44 references.) (JLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Library Programs.
Authoring Institution: Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT. Library.