"In-class exercises" were developed as a pedagogical tool to guide students through the HOME applications and to help them extract fundamental information from the topic under investigation. The classroom instructor provided students with an overview of the computer application and then each student was left to investigate deeper on their own, answers questions from the in-class exercises as they progressed through the application. The topic was further investigated via a series of thought-provoking questions at the end of each HOME. The additional questions were occasionally assigned as homework. Other times they were left for the student to complete on their own and were often used on quizzes and exams. Development of the in-class exercises required consideration of: 1) students potential lack of previous knowledge on the subject, 2) students differing computer skills-basic to advanced, 3) assessment techniques that will determine students understanding of material and not be biases by 1) and 2) above.