Computers are an important tool for managing forests, and they can be used to help teach forestry students about forest management. This paper describes a project to develop computer-based learning models that will be integrated in a comprehensive courseware package suitable for teaching an entire undergraduate forest management course. The forest management courseware will supplement a traditional textbook and take advantage of the things that can be done better with a computer-based approach. While the computer is not likely to rival the textbook in the areas of depth and portability, it can provide an interactive medium to relieve some of the more tedious aspects of traditional course materials. Come of the more promising features of computer-based instruction are the non-linear, multi-level possibilities of hypermedia, interactive tutorials, animated graphics, computer-administered problem sets, and simulation programs. These features can relieve the student and the instructor of some of the more tedious traditional teaching activities to allow more focus on concepts and more general issues.
McDill, Marc E.
"Developing computer courseware for forest management,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 7, Article 22.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol7/iss1/22