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ERIC Number: ED418056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-26
Pages: 53
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Multimedia Instruction Initiative: Building Faculty Competence.
Haile, Penelope J.
Hofstra University began a university-wide initiative to enhance classroom instruction with multimedia technology and foster collaborative approaches to learning. The Multimedia Instruction Initiative emphasized teamwork among faculty, students, and computer center support staff to develop a technology-enriched learning environment supported by multimedia-based instructional tools. Course objectives were realized within technology-based learning activities created by faculty members. Students were actively engaged in learning processes as they collaborated on the activities. The university provided resources and support for faculty members to explore and incorporate various multimedia technologies into classroom instruction. The initiative included traditional multimedia hardware/software (full motion video, sound, graphics, and CD-ROM based instructional tools) plus application of the World Wide Web. During 1997 and 1998, 12 faculty members submitted proposals outlining how their classes would use multimedia and how the new equipment and resources would help structure new learning environments. All five faculty members of the School of Education proposed to restructure their initial teacher education courses. Each faculty member was assigned a student assistant with multimedia expertise. Participants received laptop computers, software, and extensive training. They agreed to use the resources for teaching at least one credit-bearing course and to serve as resources for their respective schools and coaches to other faculty. Evaluation found that the courses increased collaboration, enhanced student motivation and participation, and taught concepts more easily. Faculty changed their teaching styles to focus on guiding and facilitating rather than imparting knowledge. Information on the initiative is appended including a Powerpoint presentation. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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