The Benefits of Combining Computer Technology and Traditional Teaching Methods in Large Enrollment Geocscience Courses
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This article describes a study in which data on exam performances and attitudes toward the use of technology were collected from large enrollment, entry-level Geoscience courses over a span of seven semesters. The data were examined to determine if the use of computers as a presentation tool and the incorporation of the internet as a means to give students increased exposure to course content (notes) increased exam scores and knowledge of Earth Sciences. It was noted that one of the important points about the Geosciences is their prominent visual component, an aspect that is well-addressed by the use of computers and the internet. The researchers found that most students found web-based notes to be useful and average exam scores improved. Comprehensive final exam scores also improved, suggesting better preparation for exams and more retention of course information.
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-107
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)
Author: James M. Durbin
Department of Geology
University of Southern Indiana