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ERIC Number: ED050593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-5
Pages: 78
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Requirements for Programming Languages in Computer-Based Instructional Systems.
Zinn, Karl
The author reviews the instructional programing languages which already exist and describes their methods of presentation, organization, and preparation. He recommends that all research and development projects remain flexible in their choice of programing language for a time yet. He suggests ways to adapt to specific uses and users, to exploit the interactive mode of computer use, and to coordinate language maintenance and system operations with project goals. Drawing on a variety of sources, he lists criteria for examining a language in relation to a given user or goal. He discusses some general effects a language may have on instructional strategies and notes that a computer's record-keeping ability is a great asset in assessing instructional strategies. He feels serious consideration must be given to a means for translating instructional materials and strategies from one institution and system to another. He delineates the limitations placed on a language by its hardware, software, and communication system and warns that time-sharing systems may need larger development resources than instructional researchers can afford. He cites desirable features such as adaptability, economical operation, and documentation which should be considered in designing an instructional system. A glossary is provided. (JY)
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on the Use of Computers in Higher Education (Paris, France, March 19-21, 1970)