Using a Self-Administered Visual Basic Software Tool to Teach Psychological Concepts
Amie K. Sullivan, Zahrl G. Schoeny, Harold R. Strang, University of Virginia, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 10, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
This article introduces LearningLinks, a Visual Basic software tool that allows teachers to create highly individualized learning modules that embrace powerful constructivist and behavioral learning principles. A sample of 35 undergraduate students participated in the field testing of a module that had been designed to improve understanding of the psychological concepts, reinforcement and punishment. Results suggest that students quickly learned to tap the module's instructional features to increase their understanding of both concept definitions and applications. Students rated instructions as easy to follow and the module as an effective instructional tool. Future research and development efforts will focus on expanding the pool of content modules and on assessing the tool's long-term instructional benefits.
Sullivan, A.K., Schoeny, Z.G. & Strang, H.R. (2002). Using a Self-Administered Visual Basic Software Tool to Teach Psychological Concepts. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 10(2), 159-167. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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