ERIC Number: ED385889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Computers: The Unrealized Motivational and Credibility Factors for Speech Communication Educators.
Carter, Judy H.
Not only do computers offer rich motivational appeal with students, but they also boost speech communication professors' credibility. Research indicates that the use of multimedia leads to enhanced learning on criteria such as acquisition of content, development of skills, efficiency, learning, and satisfaction with instruction. Multimedia technology provides educators with hardware and software that permits combined use of text, graphics, animation, and sound. Computer assisted learning is an approach used to create a variety of interactive learning media in conjunction with a computer system. It is difficult to doubt the impact multimedia has had on public school instruction and the impact it is now having in the universities. Computer media improves student understanding, brings immediacy to the classroom, and improves the perception of instructor competence as viewed by both the students and the professor. To maintain a competitive edge and to provide a more stimulating learning environment, educators must find ways to overcome their initial resistance to computer-mediated communication, programs must be designed and implemented to integrate computer-based methods and communication skills into the entire speech curriculum. A combination of the essential elements of quality teaching and technology is possible. Technology is revolutionizing the world, and it is time for educators to revolutionize their classrooms. (Contains 30 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern States Communication Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1995).