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The ways in which Digital Video Interactive (DVI), a new video technology, can help students learn concepts of physics were studied in a project that included software design and production as well as formative and summative evaluation. DVI provides real-time motion, with the full-motion image contained to a window on part of the screen so that the remainder of the screen can be used for other purposes. DVI presentations were developed to introduce elementary physics topics. An initial group of 12 graduate Education majors had great difficulty with both the hardware and software. Their suggestions were incorporated into an improved screen design and better user instructions. A second group of four collaborative groups of three Education students was more positive about the experience and provided additional feedback that was used in actual undergraduate classes. Undergraduate reaction to the format and content was much more enthusiastic and is providing additional information for further development. (Contains 37 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Cooperation, Educational Technology, Formative Evaluation, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Interactive Video, Physics, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Summative Evaluation, Undergraduate Students

Autor: Knupfer, Nancy Nelson; Zollman, Dean


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