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Straight lecturing as the only method for information delivery was at one time an efficient means of college teaching. Increased enrollment in the biological sciences, the diversity of preparedness of the students, and the variety of learning preferences of the students require new ways of disseminating information and assessing classroom learning. Multimedia provides an excellent tool to integrate various teaching methodologies, address differences in learning preferences, and deliver factual and conceptual information with speed and proficiency. At the introductory level where large class sizes are the norm, multimedia helps to address a number of problems: class size, learning differences, early class times, sleep deprivation, disparity in student's scientific skill levels and the attention span of students. In small upper level classes, multimedia, computer simulations, and Internet assignments help to develop a partnership between the student and the material, the student and their peers, and the student and the professor. This paper details some of the multimedia techniques that address the difficulties in teaching both large introductory and the small advanced level classes in the life sciences. (SWC)

Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Class Size, College Instruction, Educational Strategies, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Multimedia Instruction, Teaching Methods

Autor: Cavender, Jane F.; Rutter, Steve M.


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