CEC Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches and Lectures

Title

Indicators of good software learning tools

Event Location / Date(s)

Washington, DC. March 12, 1998

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Presentation Date

3-12-1998

Conference Name / Publication Title

Ninth International Conference, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education

ISSN or ISBN

978-1-880094-28-0

First Page

464

Last Page

466

Description

For twenty years, educational technology literature has maintained that most educational software does not meet its promise. There are, however, some excellent programs that enhance teaching and learning. In addition, many programs contain laudable features that are worthy of notice. Eighty-one graduate students reviewed state-of-the-art hypermedia/multimedia software, across the grades and subjects, in search of indicators of good software learning tools. The objectives of this experience were to identify both good ideas to replicate and bad ideas to avoid, in order to shorten the software development learning curve and to develop model, prototype products. A serendipitous outcome of the analyses was a heightened awareness of valuable indicators that assist in the selection of software materials for learning and training. This presentation discusses elements that contribute to successful, computer-supported learning. Within the paper are ideas organized into two major categories, the learning environment and person-machine communication, i.e., the software.

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