With the continuing push for instructional technology in our nation’s schools, many science institutions have risen to the challenge by developing and disseminating a variety of educational science CD-ROMs. Unfortunately, there has been little research to determine the characteristics of successful science educational CD-ROMs, leaving developers with little guidance in this costly endeavor. For this purpose, the NASA Solar System Exploration Education and Public Outreach (SSE E∕PO) Forum executed a research study on the utilization and effectiveness of science educational CD-ROMs, focusing on educational CD-ROMs developed by NASA. This study will highlight a number of barriers that impede educators from using CD-ROMs in the classroom, and provide guidelines for the development of quality educational CD-ROMs that will serve a need in the educational community.
Knudsen, R. 2002, Astronomy Education Review, 1(2), p.53–66