ERIC Number: ED043239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Aug-1
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SIMON: A Simple Instructional Monitor. Technical Report.
Feurzeig, Wallace; And Others
An instructional monitor is a program which tries to detect, diagnose, and possibly help overcome a student's learning difficulties in the course of solving a problem or performing a task. In one approach to building an instructional monitor, the student uses a special task- or problem-oriented language expressly designed around some particular class of problems. Correspondingly, the diagnostic programs in this "special purpose" type of monitor system often utilize information that is specific to the kind of problem being studied. In the SIMON system a different kind of experimental approach has been taken. The student addresses SIMON in an easy and very general programing language rather than a special task language. Using SIMON, students construct programs for systems or processes which can represent vastly different situations whether from mathematics, biology, physics, engineering, or elsewhere. The student tests his program against a "true" program provided to SIMON by an instructor. At the student's request, SIMON tests his program against its "true" model to determine if it works. If not, SIMON points out where and why it does not. (Author/MF)
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.