ERIC Number: ED413974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Introduction to Sociology: A COMPELing Experience.
An instructor's experience teaching introductory Sociology at Maple Woods Community College demonstrates the benefits of using instructional technology to deliver standard lecture material. In order to integrate technology with each lecture, a PC was used to create an interactive text-based design through Compel, a multimedia slide presentation program. The program provided a way to quickly utilize and display information from any set of notes using navigation buttons and main menu settings. Lecture text consisted of short paragraphs with "hotwords" and interactive buttons. Definitions and new terms could be clicked on to acquire further information. Navigation buttons allowed rapid movement from screen to screen, and an "example" button provided elaboration on concepts. Color-coded words indicated information that would be covered on the tests, anticipating student questions and allowing for more discussion time. This instructional technology facilitated access to information and provided consistency among different class presentations. It also saved time by eliminating the need to write lengthy concepts on the board. Despite the possible problem of technical difficulties, students and teachers alike may benefit from the integration of instructional technology with lecture material. (YKH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Media, Educational Strategies, Educational Technology, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Lecture Method, Media Adaptation, Multimedia Instruction, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maple Woods Community Coll., Kansas City, MO.