Saturday, 15 July 2006

Simplified Delivery System for Internet-based Soil Science Lessons.

George Van Scoyoc, John G. Graveel, and William W. McFee. Purdue University, Department of Agronomy, 915 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054

Web delivery of both audio and visual instructional modules is being conducted by using Microsoft PowerPoint® combined with audio files developed using Screenblast Sound Forge Studio 7.0® and modified by Impatica® for PowerPoint software. The resulting format works effectively for delivery of synchronous or asynchronous credit courses, certification modules, extension short courses, and extension announcements that are of a timely nature. Examples of materials developed using this format include: Introductory Soil Science course, Intermediate Soil Science course for Internet delivery, departmental seminar presentations on the Web, and short extension Internet presentations on Starter Fertilizer Use and Turf Tips related to lawn care. This delivery mechanism also allows sharing of educational materials among international audiences via the Web. Examples of these uses will be provided. Evaluations by on-campus students have shown a positive response to this format of instruction and it is being extended to other educational outreach programs in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University.

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