ERIC Number: ED208746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Getting Started With Instructional Uses of Computers.
Myers, Richard S.
Increased student involvement with the computer at Delta State University, Mississippi, is considered. The university purchased a new computer, NCR Criterion, with six terminals and time-sharing BASIC. Two of these terminals are located in the Department of Physical Sciences, with the others located in the School of Business and in the University Instructional Resource Center. Additionally, a microcomputer was donated to the university. Involvement of students in computer-assisted instruction was approached in three ways. In cooperation with the Department of Mathematics, the number of computer programming courses available to science and mathematics students increased from one to two. The first course introduces the student to BASIC programming and the second allows students to make applications based on special interests. A second approach gave students in general chemistry and physical chemistry laboratories the opportunity to use instructor-prepared programs to aid with calculations on specific experiments. In addition, students in physical chemistry are introduced to BASIC programming so that they can write simple programs for their own use. The third major way to quickly involve students with computer-assisted instruction is through online student-computer dialog in which the computer asks the student questions, checks responses, and provides explanations where needed. These programs range from simple drill and practice to more complex simulations and tutorial sessions. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Computation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Computer Science Education, Higher Education, Online Systems, Program Implementation, Programed Instructional Materials, Programed Tutoring, Programing, Programing Languages, State Universities, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: BASIC Programing Language; Computer Literacy; Delta State University MS