Instructional design: Daedalus (DIWE) is a collection of
computer programs designed as a medium for teaching and learning in an integrated
writing environment. DIWE is specifically designed for computer
classrooms. Program components include: Class Assignment allows instructors
to post instructions and messages to students in a file they can view
but only the instructor can modify and delete; Writea simple word
processor; Inventa series of prompts for aiding student writing;
Respondcounterpart of Invent, guides peer reviewers in drafting critiques;
Mailelectronic mail system; InterChangecomputer conferencing program for class
discussion. The two features most applicable for CAI history are,
Class Assignment, which allows instructors to post an assignment, and
InterChange, for on-line discussions (computer conferencing) on specific topics.
Technological integration: available in both MAC and PC
versions, networked in RGC technology classroom, Rm. 227. Operating seamlessly,
the program may be easily accessed by students. Site licensed for RGC
computer classroom use. Check with your campus computer lab and request that
Daedalus be purchased for student use during block time.
Instructional appropriateness: Developed in Austin for
initial use at the University of Texas, DIWE is considered to be one of the best
writing programs available.
Instructor support: Daedalus has an Instructor's Guide
covering general issues instructors need to know for class management and DIWE
operation Well written and indexed, the guide contains step-by-step instructions
for using the various programs, as well as a useful analysis of the
principles of collaborative learning and the interactive medium. The guide is
available at the reserve desk LRS/RGC, and may be reproduced by authorized users.
Advantages: collaborative learning approach (see Chapter 1).
Excellent software for generating on-line discussion until email access
is expanded to students.
Disadvantages: Managing class discussion during
InterChange can be challenging, in order to both foster the freedom it
encourages yet keep students "on track." See tips in Chapter 1.