ERIC Number: ED034410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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Computer Aided Instruction for a Course in Boolean Algebra and Logic Design. Final Report (Revised).
The use of computers to prepare deficient college and graduate students for courses that build upon previously acquired information would solve the growing problem of professors who must spend up to one third of their class time in review of material. But examination of students who were taught Boolean Algebra and Logic Design by means of Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI), in comparison with students who had the conventional classroom instruction, showed that the control group's retention of conceptual material was markedly superior. Further drawbacks to CAI are the enormous effort required to prepare even the simplest course material, the large cost of both hardware and software, extremely difficult man-machine communication, poor software support from IBM, the inability of the machine to judge partially correct answers and to ascertain whether the student has successfully grasped the concept involved, decreased student concentration span, inefficient use of student time, the lack of an indexing system to compensate for the forward-structured system, and the undue complexity which requires a student to work with several media simultaneously. The conclusion that CAI is unsuitable for engineering education is narrow due to experimental conditions. (MM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Concept Teaching, Cost Effectiveness, Feedback, Indexes, Input Output, Instructional Design, Machine Translation, Man Machine Systems, Mathematical Logic, Multimedia Instruction, Programed Instruction, Systems Analysis, Time Factors (Learning)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY.