ERIC Number: ED252180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating CAI Material for the Microcomputer.
Ashmore, Timothy M.
The relative worth of any evaluation instrument depends on user needs and the material being evaluated. Potential users of a good computer assisted instruction (CAI) instrument include purchasers, authors, reviewers, and publishers of CAI materials. Although each user has unique needs, a good instrument will serve both to educate and discriminate, and typically addresses the biographical/bibliographical data, content data, documentation, and special characteristics of the program. This study evaluated nine published evaluation forms according to criteria that related to whether and how the forms addressed supplier data, cost, name/subject, grade level, computer type, memory requirements, program type, program accuracy, teaching aids, attention/interest, clarity of purpose, field testing, course/grade, prerequisite skills, related materials, clarity of directions, recordkeeping, graphics/animation/sound, time required, lesson difficulty, writing quality, and number of students who can use the instrument at the same time. Based on the results, an instrument was developed that combined and slightly altered the courseware evaluation instrument of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory and the Software Evaluation Checklist of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The evaluation results, the new form, and a nine-item bibliography are included in this report. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Software Evaluation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (Chicago, IL, November 1984). Appendix A contains marginally legible print.