ERIC Number: ED159491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Low-Cost, Stand-Alone Microterminal for Support of Testing and Instruction. Final Report for Period January 1977-February 1978.
Steffen, Dale A.; And Others
A study was undertaken to develop a microterminal for use in a computer-based instructional system. Objectives were to use new microprocessor technology to produce one terminal that is more effective and efficient than either the management terminal or the plasma type interactive terminal presently in use by the Air Force Advanced Instructional System (AIS). Four goals were identified: (1) design and develop a final configuration which takes into account stand-alone software capabilities for supporting block testing, portability (battery operation), and transfer of data to the computer site through a type B terminal; (2) refine the existing prototype for production level numbers, and produce ten prototype production units with a production cost goal of approximately $500.00 per unit in quantities of 500 or more; (3) perform a classroom study of the microterminal to determine its operational effectiveness; and (4) provide complete procurement-manufacturing documentation. Through involvement of educators, psychologists, engineers, and potential microterminal users, the human factors were defined, mechanical and electrical characteristics of the microterminal selected, and the prototype designed. The microterminal was evaluated and proved acceptable for student test taking in the AID weapons mechanics course. Cost analysis indicated that it met the goal. Students showed a large preference for answering test items with the microterminal rather than computer test forms. Evaluation results also showed the use of the microterminal resulted in significantly better test scores. (JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.; Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lowry AFB, CO. Technical Training Div.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Denver Research Inst.