ERIC Number: ED242063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Opportunities and Issues in Computer Based Instruction.
OSSC Report, v24 n2 p1-7 Win 1984
Although many people in education are intimidated by the use of computer-based instruction (CBI), others are committed to exploiting the opportunities it provides. Three areas comprise CBI: instruction about computers, instruction by computers, and instruction using computers; the first two areas have received the most attention. (1) Attention to instruction about computers, or computer literacy, has continued to grow rapidly since the early 1970's, and in the future computing teachers will be increasingly in demand. (2) Although the most successful type of instruction by computer thus far has been drill and practice, the goal of using computerized tutorials and tutorial dialogs to increase individualized instruction deserves continued consideration. (3) Similarly, although instruction using computers has been slow to develop, the computer's potential for testing and for creating individualized problem-solving environments should continue to be explored. In Oregon and elsewhere, the following computer-related issues currently confront the education community: (1) the provision of experiemental settings to test the uses of computers in education, (2) student equity in access to computers, (3) software quality, (4) software piracy, (5) the uses of computers for learning outside the school, and (6) certification standards for computing teachers. With careful planning, CBI offers the opportunity to excel in education. (JBM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Literacy, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Individualized Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Long Range Planning, Problem Solving, Programed Tutoring, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers: University of Oregon
Note: An adaptation of a presentation made to the Oregon School Study Council Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting (Portland, OR, November 1983).