ERIC Number: ED416821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Assisted Communication within the Classroom: Interactive Lecturing.
Herr, Richard B.
At the University of Delaware student-teacher communication within the classroom was enhanced through the implementation of a versatile, yet cost efficient, application of computer technology. A single microcomputer at a teacher's station controls a network of student keypad/display stations to provide individual channels of continuous communication from each student to the teacher. The innovation has capabilities far exceeding earlier A-to-E choice-tallying devices. This paper evaluates the technology at the postsecondary level, in the context of an introductory astronomy course. Uses for the technology include the assessment, during lectures, of diverse student attributes such as background, attitudes, misconceptions, specific preparation, and understanding of what has been presented. The most successful use was interactive lectures guiding students through multi-step numerical problems. The technology allows for more individual communication between the teacher and each student, showing the students what the teacher is expecting them to get from the lecture, and showing the teacher if the students are getting it. Appendices include a photograph of the keypads and tables of student evaluation results. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark.