ERIC Number: ED165713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of an "Out-of-Class" CBI Program.
Magidson, Errol M.
This study was conducted to determine the impact of a change from primarily scheduled class usage of computer-based instruction (CBI) to primarily free period usage at the City Colleges of Chicago. This change resulted from an interpretation of funding guidelines that CBI was to be offered as a supportive service on a supplementary basis. Several strategies were used to facilitate a smooth transition which would minimize adverse effects on the overall amount of usage, student achievement, and student attitudes: (1) faculty who had used Plato previously were informed of the change on a personal basis, as well as by letter; (2) faculty involvement in CBI was strongly encouraged; and (3) an hourly schedule was prepared each week with subject listings arranged to help ensure that students wanting to study a particular subject would be given some priority. PLATO usage data collected both before and after the policy change were analyzed. A comparison was made of student attitudes towards CBI as shown on surveys administered before and after the policy change; faculty attitudes were solicited by questionnaire and by interview. Despite the lack of computer lesson space during prime-time usage and the short notice, the policy change was carried out successfully. (VT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Development of Computer Based Instructional Systems (Dallas, Texas, March 1-4, 1978); For related document, see ED 160 072