ERIC Number: ED055429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-10
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Based Instruction: A Background Paper on its Status, Cost/Effectiveness and Telecommunications Requirements.
Singh, Jai P.; Morgan, Robert P.
In the slightly over twelve years since its inception, computer-based instruction (CBI) has shown the promise of being more cost-effective than traditional instruction for certain educational applications. Pilot experiments are underway to evaluate various CBI systems. Should these tests prove successful, a major problem confronting advocates of large-scale CBI utilization is the conflict between the organization of traditional school systems and optimal methods of utilizing CBI. Large-scale and intensive utilization is the key to low per-pupil costs. Some means of low-cost telecommunications must be found if rural communities and sparsely populated regions are to benefit. Communication satellites seem to hold distinct advantages over existing commercial telephone communications for linking remote terminal clusters with a central computer where computer-cluster separation is 150-200 miles or greater. This memorandum includes a discussion of the larger issues involved in CBI and a summary of experiments and costs of a variety of CBI experiments and approaches. (Author/JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO.