ERIC Number: ED233693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Learner-Based Evaluation of Microcomputer Software.
Cohen, Vicki Blum
A project involving the evaluation of microcomputer courseware being marketed for school use was conducted in the Microcomputer Resource Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, during 1982 with funding from the Exxon Education Foundation. Every courseware package was evaluated by a team which included a subject matter expert, an instructional designer or educational psychologist, a practicing teacher from the surrounding urban and suburban areas, and the project director. Learner-based feedback was also incorporated by trying out the program on learners for whom the courseware was designed and using the information collected from this process to verify or refute the findings of the evaluation team. The evaluations were then compiled into a profile system for dissemination to school districts by the Educational Products Information Exchange (EPIE) Institute. This paper describes the project's theoretical framework and the evaluation procedure. Results of the evaluation of 29 courseware programs are presented, followed by an extensive list of conclusions drawn from these results. Present day microcomputer software is compared to the software evaluated in a similar study conducted in 1981. An analysis of where the field should be heading and recommendations for the future are also given. A sample form used to collect learner-based feedback concludes the paper. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Courseware Evaluation; Learner Based Evaluation Systems
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).