ERIC Number: ED042363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Optimal Use of a Computer Based Instruction System in an Existing Urban School District. Final Report. (Optimal Student Scheduling for Computer Assisted Instruction).
Stankard, Martin F., Jr.
Criteria were developed for deciding the fraction of course attendance time that students should spend on a computer-assisted instruction (CAI) course in order to maximize the average final achievement of the class, subject to constraints on the probability of individual student failure and on the available console capacity. The major elements of this scheduling procedure are: (1) a model of student learning that relates student time allocations to expected achievement, (2) an objective function and optimization procedure, and (3) a procedure for forecasting each student's learning characteristics. The most statistically reliable learning model was the familiar learning curve or logistic function. A objective function for the scheduling procedure was formulated by systematically reviewing alternative ways of mathematically combining expected test results. The problem of assigning console time was shown to be a non-linear programing problem. Several efforts to find off-line predictors of on-line student learning were unsuccessful; but an on-line selection aid was designed and evaluated. A case is used to illustrate the scheduling algorithm. A bibliography and a glossary are appended. (Author/JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia.