The Advantages of an Active Text
Bob Richardson, Brian Felkel, Appalachian State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Business colleges have become increasingly disenfranchised with the way Business Calculus courses have been taught and with subject matter included within the course. In an effort to make the course more applicable, we have been using Excel and Maple extensively in our Business Calculus classes and have developed a text that is available online or on CD. Over the past year we have developed a text for our class that we make available online. This provides much flexibility and allows us to implement several innovative ideas. Because the text is online, we have inserted hyperlinks to current web data sets that the students manipulate. We have also made compressed videos of examples and exercises found in the text. These videos are available online and hyperlinks to the videos have been included within the text. In this presentation we will look at various sections of the text and illustrate its features. We will also show some of the videos and discuss the benefits that they provide, as well as discuss how videos could be used for any class that requires the use of computer software. Finally we will share some of the comments that students have made about the class.
Richardson, B. & Felkel, B. (2002). The Advantages of an Active Text. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 44-46). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).