The article talks about the continued interest of the speech communication field in technology-supported instruction. Earlier detailed descriptions of teaching/learning laboratories in speech communication are based upon older computer-assisted instruction models and such laboratories were financially out of reach for most small-to-average sized departments. Recent, dramatic enhancements of the memories and processing speeds of microcomputers has made them ideal for recording, editing, and replaying sound supported motion picture clips of speech presentations. Clearly, evaluating student performance and providing substantial and prompt instructional feedback can easily be accommodated by the course web site. Aside from the interactive testing and automated grading features described above, computer-assisted grading and evaluation of speaking performances are supported by specialized forms software and the personal data assistant or PDA connected to a server.
Sawyer, C. R., & Behnke, R. R. (1998). New wave computer technology and the administration of speech communication performance courses. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 27(1), 1–6.