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ERIC Number: ED079994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 10
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Making the Computer Make a Difference in College Chemistry.
Lower, Stephen K.
Both failures and successes have been experienced in the application of the computer to the teaching of introductory chemistry at Simon Fraser University. Chemistry teachers looked to computer assisted instruction (CAI) to improve instruction because CAI effectively dealt with chemical concepts and their practical application and with the wide range of students found in freshman chemistry. Initial CAI short courses failed after the novelty wore off, but an effective CAI problem tutorial--CHEMEX--was designed. Students used it because it met their specific individual needs. A later program--ALCHEM--which consisted of interactive exercises on various chemical principles was less well received by the students, apparently because they did not perceive the usefulness of the exercises. The newest program, a fully individualized CAI course with specific learning objectives for each unit, has been well received by the students and eliminated student failures during its initial semester. In summary, the success of CAI appears to be related as much to the degree of individualization and attention to their needs as perceived by the students as to the quality of the programs themselves. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby (British Columbia). Dept. of Chemistry.