ERIC Number: ED251682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-4
Reference Count: 0
Adapting Curriculum Materials for Microcomputer Use.
As microcomputers have become increasingly more economical to purchase, vocational teachers have found that they have the equipment but little courseware for vocational-technical education areas. To help solve this problem, the staff of the Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech Center (Oklahoma) decided to develop their own vocational software and established guidelines to insure the quality of curriculum materials developed for computer-assisted instruction (CAI) in vocational education. The Center first established that the following criteria must be met: support of teachers, service to many learners, frequency of delivery, multi-program use, stable instructional content, and the most appropriate and effective instructional method available. The Center established the following guidelines for development of software: (1) microcomputer use must be appropriate; (2) team development and review are needed; (3) development and acquisition should be coordinated by the computer curriculum specialist; (4) quality control measures must be taken; (5) standards for presentation must be followed; (6) originals must be secured (only copies used); (7) programs must be validated through pilot testing; (8) programs must be documented; (9) lessons are to be updated yearly only; (10) students must evaluate programs after each use; and (11) copyright laws must be followed. These guidelines are intended to ensure the best possible use of the microcomputer with limited resources. (KC)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programing), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Curriculum Development, Guidelines, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, Programed Instructional Materials, Programing, Technical Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Francis Tuttle Vo Tech Center OK
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Anaheim, CA, December 4, 1983).