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Corny, Lame, and Useful: How Secondary School Faculty Use the Learning Software Odyssey

  • Author(s): Silberman, Peter
  • Advisor(s): Sandoval, William
  • Tucker, Eugene
  • et al.

This study investigated how and why secondary school faculty use the learning software, Odyssey. Faculty were asked about their pedagogical beliefs and instructional practices, the perceived impact of using the software on student outcomes, and how, if at all, Odyssey-using faculty would change the software to increase utility. Data collection methods included a survey of using and non-using faculty, an instant poll, journal entry, and interviews with seven teachers who had used the software. Data revealed that while overall use at the school was low, users perceived myriad and significant value provided by the software. There was no demonstrated relationship between pedagogical beliefs and Odyssey use, and perceptions on the impact of Odyssey on student outcomes were minimal. In response to questions about how to change or improve the software, faculty suggested three main areas for improvement--technical, pedagogical, and visual.

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