The Chronicle of Higher Education. Feb 2, 1996, Vol. 42 Issue 21, pA19, 2 p. photograph
Brown University -- Curricula, Computer-assisted instruction -- Evaluation, and Chemistry, Organic -- Study and teaching
Brown University conducted an experiment to determine whether on-line computer tutorials were better in teaching chemistry than conventional lecture classes. Seventeen organic-chemistry students were asked to use the tutorials while the remaining 140 of the class were subjected to lecture classes. Most of the 17 students performed better than their peers who underwent lecture classes but some experienced significantly lower grades. One of the proponents of the tutorial, professor Jim Doll, stressed that the varying results emphasized the importance of feedback and constant monitoring of students.