ERIC Number: ED079986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
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A Case Study In the Use of Computers To Personalize Instruction.
Towle, Nelson J.; And Others
A developmental project in a college psychology course has shown that the computer can be a useful instrument for individualizing student learning and testing by freeing instructors from clerical and test generation tasks. In successive stages, the computer was used for the batch generation of quizzes on each unit of the course, for on-line generation, scoring, and evaluation of quizzes. The COBOL, Coursewriter II, and FORTRAN languages were used, respectively, in the three phases. Evaluation showed that from 80% to 90% of the students completed all units and earned a grade of "A", as compared to 22% when non-individualized approaches were used with the instructors responsible for clerical tasks and test generation. Student reactions were overwhelmingly favorable, and students were able to proceed at their own individual paces. Also, the mean number of attempts to complete each unit declined over successive units for a given student. The cost, however, was relatively high ($10-30/student/quater). (LB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Autoinstructional Aids, Case Studies, College Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Costs, Educational Testing, Independent Study, Individual Instruction, Individualized Instruction, Individualized Programs, Online Systems, Psychology, Student Attitudes, Teaching Machines, Test Construction, Test Scoring Machines
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Computer-Assisted Instruction Center.