Woody Plants of the Southeastern United States, A Field Botany Course on CD ver. 2.0 (WPSEUS) is a computer based visual training program that helps students become experts in plant identification. It is the best way to learn plant identification. It can be used as a stand-alone learning tool, or can provide a significant boost to any course that involves plant identification. It allows students to learn plant identification in a fraction of the time that is normally required. The program does this by adapting active learning techniques from the cognitive psychology literature. WPSEUS uses active learning to promote holistic visual processing, the visual processing mode used by experts. Active learning coupled with holistic visual processing has been shown to result in statistically significant improvement in test performance over more traditional study techniques. Active learning engages the brain areas associated with visual expertise, while passive learning does not.
This is the long awaited up date to our award winning program Woody Plants of the Southeastern United States: A Field Botany Course on CD. You can watch short introductory videos of the product in use on YouTube
Purchasing this version of the software entitles you to free downloads of tutorial scripts that teach plant identification. When loaded (see File Menus/Load Script), a script puts the program in automatic mode, leading you through learning sessions designed by our experts. Several sample scripts come with the free trial.
P.S.: We have heard from customers that AVG Anti-Virus has been producing erroneous virus warnings, and sometimes deleting the WPSEUS.exe file when installing our software. If you use AVG Anti-Virus, please consider switching to a more reputable virus checker such as Microsoft Security Essentials
. Microsoft Security Essentials is free, reliable, and like Symantec, gives our software a clean bill of health. Here is what the University Information Security Officer Chuck Curry (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) says about AVG. "We see them [AVG programs] firing on false positives all of the time."]