Class discussion began on 9/4/98 with a discussion of the facts that this course needs to cover the Microsoft software packages: Visual Basic/FrontPage97or98/Excel/PowerPoint/Access, related flowcharting packages and web page development. A few students would also be expected to learn some of Visual J++ and or Visual InterDev.
As only Excel is a common experience at this point, the class was asked to brainstorm teaching methods for these packages.
Some of the comments from the 5 brainstorming groups:
all make web pages
lectures on topics
groups with varied skill work together
teach access (& therefore VBA)
extra lab class
lecture/hands on at same time...
One group commented - "Why should we learn this? What is our motivation", some discussion also ensued regarding ES130.
Why? Dr. King showed Classified advertisements from the Sunday Tennessean, reminded the class of the original lecture on the new measure of society -information handling capability, & also mentioned the current status of ES 130...