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Practicality of a technological tool for the teaching of the first year psychology students

conference contribution
posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Lata SatyenLata Satyen
The current paper discusses the applicability of an online manual for the teaching of first year psychology laboratory programs and compares it with conventional teaching methods. For the first time, in 2001, the manual for the first year program was made available via a website. This method was in contrast to the text manual that was utilised previously. When the text manual was used, students needed to bring it each week to class. However, with the online manual, students were required to be cognisant of several aspects of the week's laboratory agenda prior to attending the class and did not have immediate access to the manual in class. This was quite uncustomary to both students and staff members and therefore necessitated a great amount of time to be spent reviewing the contents of the week's work before attending class. It also caused inconvenience both in terms of students not having ready access to necessary information, and staff having to photocopy bulk information as and when required. What was discovered at the end of the semester was that a technological tool, because of its ability to provide easy access, may not be applicable to teach all subjects, particularly not the psychology lab program, and hence a thorough evaluation of the practicality of the device is required prior to adoption.



Australian Society for Educational Technology. Conference (2002: Melbourne, Vic.)


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Australian Society for Educational Technology


Melbourne, Vic.

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E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

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2002, Australian Society for Educational Technology


S McNamara, E Stacey

Title of proceedings

Untangling the web: establishing learning links: proceedings ASET conference 2002

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