ERIC Number: ED243462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
On-Line or Off-Line Courseware: The Weakest Link.
Crawford, D. G.; Crawford, G. C.
While the improvement of authoring systems and the development of knowledge-based rather than frame-oriented computer assisted instruction (CAI) systems are useful, a significant part of the courseware development problem lies in the inability of teachers (subject matter experts) to prepare material that promotes effective, efficient learning. Only those visible instructional events exemplified by "offline" independent study packages and online CAI sequences are available for review and criticism; classroom-based instruction receives no similar scrutiny. The problem does not lie solely in the development of educational technology; rather it is much more generic, existing in all instructional environments. The solution lies in developing an increased understanding of learning strategies, algorithms, and heuristics with this task falling largely on instructional system developers, and more specifically on instructional designers. The paper includes a description of courseware production problems at Athabasca University, which is a Canadian adult distance education institution, and recommendations for the development of a Canadian technology-based educational system. A summary of the paper in French is included. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Athabasca University AB; Canada
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian Symposium on Instructional Technology (4th, Winnipeg, Canada, October 19-21, 1983).