Learning the student names in large classes: An application of multimedia technology

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The procedure described herein is a low-cost method for incorporating images into the grade book, thus aiding the teacher in name-face recognition. We think we have found a good balance between cost, image quality, and access time based on December 1993 technology. It seems likely that the image quality will improve substantially in the next attempt as the multimedia center procures additional equipment, digital cameras, etc. Also, the technology exists such that short video clips could replace the still images, thus making it easier to establish name-face recognition. Also, we find that the additional workload on the teacher is, in our opinion, small provided that the multimedia center does the image digitization and cropping. Based on the perception of better teacher-student interaction, we intend to continue this program and urge others to experiment with their own implementations.

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Journal of Chemical Education

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