ERIC Number: ED033611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
An Overview of Computer-Assisted Instruction for Adult Educators.
After a detailed history and definition of Computer-Assisted Instruction (which identifies drill and practice, tutorial, and problem-solving activities as comprising CAI), the development and implementation of a college level computer based multimedia physics course is described as an example of tutorial activities in CAI for those interested in applying CAI to adult education. Special emphasis is placed on the base line student performance information, multimedia materials, staff differentiation, field tests, a systems approach, and cost effectiveness plans which were used in devising this program. An overview of computer hardware and software problems, such as cost (especially with reference to the advantages of centralized and decentralized systems), type of terminal device (such as the cathode-ray tube), and computer control of multimedia instructional devices is presented next, along with a brief indication of the problems involved in dealing with computer manufacturers and in training employees. Finally, computer applications which are being investigated at Florida State University are reviewed with reference to their implications for adult education: drill and practice, problem solving, computer-managed instruction, and computerized testing and educational guidance. (SP)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computers, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Development, Differentiated Staffs, Educational Counseling, Feedback, Instructional Materials, Knowledge Level, Multimedia Instruction, Physics, Problem Solving, Programed Instruction, Programed Tutoring, Reinforcement, Science Instruction, Simulation, Systems Approach, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Computer-Assisted Instruction Center.
Note: Paper presented to the National Institute for Adult Basic Education, North Carolina State University, Raleigh (July 28, 1969)