Title

Incorporating Educational Software Into Large Introductory Psychology Lectures and Labs

ISBN or ISSN

0743-3808

Volume

24

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

6-1992

First Page

172

Last Page

173

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

DOI Number

10.3758/BF03203493

Abstract

Psychabilities, a set of 13 computer activities for the introductory psychology course, is introduced. The emphasis of this paper is on using this software, and others of its kind, to coordinate the learning environments of the classroom and the laboratory. The classroom mode in Psychabilities is specifically designed to stimulate discussion during class time while supporting existing lecture-format material. The laboratory mode covers the same content but presents relatively more introductory material to the main learning activity than does the classroom mode. Each module in both modes contains a set of key terms, the main activity, and a set of questions for review. Using educational software more pervasively, that is, in lab as well as in lecture, provides “dual coding” of course content and makes more efficient use of simulations and tutorials that are based on the overall educational needs of introductory psychology students.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Psychabilities, Computer Activities, Psychology Course, software, Learning Environments, Stimulate Discussion, Laboratory Mode

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