Computer-Based Clinical Teaching with Multimedia Technology
The use of computer-based videodisc technology for delivering instructional information to learners of all ages is gaining widespread acceptance in the United States. The teaching of health-related information is particularly well suited to this technology because of the importance of visual input in clinical instruction. The videodisc has the capability of showing clear views of the patient, equipment, or the setting in which the health care intervention occurs. Still frame pictures and moving images can be combined with computer-genarated graphics for the production of interesting and unique learning tools. Since videodiscs store up to 54,000 still frames of visual material with dual audio tracks, developers can freely use their imaginations when creating unique teaching programs. Learning are encoureged to select the order of the instructions sequences by making choices at various menu selection points while moving through the material. The touchscreen capability of the computer monitor and the freedom to make choices throughout the instructional program combine to de-emphasize the technology and place the main focus of the activity on the learning experience itself.