EduSelf developed its courseware with students in mind. The
courseware enables students to work interactively with the computer,
using routines that are user friendly and easy to learn. Students
learn the material through a variety of activities such as simluations
and animations. After each activity, students get appropriate
feedback on their performance. To facilitate operation, each
courseware module includes On-Line Help, with operating instructions
on every screen. This courseware also includes tutorials in
CD and text book form.
2. Modularity: EduSelf divided the broad range of subject matter
ecompassing its biology, botany, and agriculture courseware
into BUILDING BLOCKS or modules. These modules contain bi-level
formatting to accomodate differences, if any, between middle
and high school students and between college and university
students. Educators and distributors may purchase the full set
of modules - about a dozen CDs with textbook - or they may combine
several modules to design a course of study suited to their
specific needs and areas of interest. The flexibility and adaptability
of this modular system constitute additional advantages to all
who use it.
3. Various End Users:
EduSelf designed its courseware with the understanding that
study methods can vary considerably from one end user to another.
The modular concept enables the instructor to tailor a course
of study to the user's specific needs. This system introduces
each subject in a way that enables the user to study in accordance
with his personal background and fields of interest. Thus, the
EduSelf Biology, Botany and Agriculture Courseware can meet
the needs of a broad range of end users, including agricultural
training centers, colleges, universities, high schools, experienced
farmers, extension services, and supply and equipment vendors.
4. The Multimedia Educational
EduSelf developed its Biology, Botany and Agriculture Courseware
for use with multimedia systems. The courseware incorporates
text, narration, color graphics, animation, and music. It can
simulate various types of biological processes and physical
phenomena. As students advance through the subject matter, they
interact with a number of lively images. Students can also control
and alter processes to discover their underlying principles.
Detailed illustrations and explanations complement the students'
actions - transforming the learning experience into an individualized
adventure. The computer, as a source of knowledge, enables students
to learn at their own rate and at their own proficiency level.
In addition, each courseware module incorporates relevant material
from other well-known sources.
Water and Plant Relationship (ES 001 AG)
This courseware module describes the role that water plays
in plant life, particularly in cellular life processes
and photosynthesis. Animations and simulations explain
the mechanisms by which water is absorbed, transported,
and lost by the plant.
Soil and Water
Relationship (ES 002 AG)
This courseware module presents soil as a system of pores.
The user gets a thorough explanation of the relationship
of aggregates and pores containing air or water in various
ratios. An animated experiment teaches a method of measuring
The module domonstrates the mechanisms of water retention
and water movement in the soil
through interactive animations. Interactive exercises
teach the establishment of soil
wetness and texture.
Plant Needs (ES 003 AG)
This courseware module begins with an explanation of the
various environmental factors and nutrient types needed
by a plant to enable normal development. Interactive simulation
demonstrates the concept of LIMITING FACTOR.
Using a simulated biology laboratory, the module gives
a demonstration of the sixteen
essential elements and nutrients, and their functions
within the plant. Color pictures and
graphics show examples of essential nutrient deficiencies
in plants . Data Base and Glossary (ES 004 AG)
This biology, botany and agriculture courseware data base
contains two textbooks on soils, fertilizers, several
tables, and a glossary. The material's organization enables
the user to simply and efficiently access the precise
information he seeks.
The instructor can update the datbase to include specific
details coherent with the user's
Introduction to Fertilization (ES 011 AG)
This courseware module presents conventional fertilization
methods and their limitations.
This module also explores a modern method of fertilizing
called fertigation, which works through the irrigation
system. The subject matter includes a brief introduction
to FERTIGATION, its nature, and the need for it.
Fertilizers (ES 012 AG)
This courseware module presents the characteristics of
various fertilizers, the process by which plants absorb
fertilizer, and the function of fertilizer in the plant's
How To Fertigate (ES 013 AG)
This courseware module presents the various considerations
and rules for planning and implementing fertigation. This
module also presents a practical operational guide to
fertigation: equipment, installation, operation, maintenance
Fertilization (ES 014 AG)
This courseware module presents the considerations and
rules to follow in planning
fertilization. In addition, this module explores the characteristics
of conventional and modern fertilization methods, fertility
evaluation, and considerations for selecting fertilizers.
Water Management (ES 021 AG)
This courseware module focuses on a set of practical instructions
designed to enable optimal use of the irrigation system.
The student learns to
examine the plant's water requirements, control crops'
use of water, and determine when and how much to irrigate.
An interactive exercise emphasizes the careful use of
water drawn from existing sources as well as the use of
Irrigation Systems (ES 022 A)
This courseware module gives a thorough presentation of
historical and current developments in the field of irrigation.
The major types of irrigation systems (traditional furrow,
sprinklers, micro-sprinklers, and drippers) are presented
and evaluated in terms of both merits and limitations. Better Plants & Gardens (ES 031 AG) This courseware module presents a concise
and accurate overview and summary of the main points of
each of the subjects treated in EduSelf's
series of Biology, Botany and Agriculture courseware modules.