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Author: Stephen E. Poe1
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  • 1 Agricultural Systems and Technology, Utah State Univ., Logan, UT 84322-2300

A fundamental concern of agricultural education is innovation within the teaching process. In dealing with high technology, increasing subject complexity, and rising costs, educators (including plant managers and training personnel) must look to alternative methods of training and teaching. Educational multimedia software can effectively present a new dimension to traditional computer-assisted instruction (CAI) by adding sound, animation, high-resolution graphics, and live-action video. Multimedia software is not difficult to program; however, the ease of programming depends on the authoring language or languages that are used. A traditional language such as C++ can take extended periods of time to program, possibly hours per minute of program. A program developed specifically for multimedia development can facilitate the interactions between sound, videos, and animation more readily, and reduce the programming time required significantly. The use and development of multimedia software using Toolbook (Asymetrix Corp.) will be presented with copies of the developed software available.

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