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ERIC Number: ED413023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 6
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So Why Use Multimedia, the Internet, and Lotus Notes?
Byers, Donnie N.
As part of an effort to begin offering a general chemistry course over the Internet, a project was undertaken at Kansas's Johnson County Community College to determine the possibilities of using a computer to incorporate the tools used in teaching organic chemistry. Using an interactive software package, original lectures were developed, with lecture content being placed on slides and textbook overheads scanned into electronic format. In each lecture, buttons were added that linked to other software programs providing related information. The integration of these elements into the computer created an environment that promoted discussion, freeing class time that had previously been spent on drawing structures of chemical models, and allowed the instructor to more readily ascertain the levels of student comprehension. This approach can be easily reproduced on the Internet, using the World Wide Web and Lotus Notes, or another groupware tool to disseminate class materials and facilitate communication with the professor. The Web can provide students with information, animation, and visual material that cannot be distributed in paper format in the classroom. Student reactions to the computer-based format were overwhelmingly positive. Although modifying a class for computer or Internet delivery is time-consuming and the Web is still an unstable environment, students tend to enjoy the class more and thus stay in class. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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