ERIC Number: ED095852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Field Evaluation of a Mini Learning Resource Aided Instruction System.
Attala, Emile E.; Howard, James A.
Very little work has been done in the broad field of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) to exploring the use of a minicomputer as another learning resource in the instructional process. Accordingly a cost-effective Learning Resource Aided Instruction (LRAI) System centered around a Data General NOVA minicomputer augmented with slide projector-audio cassette media was designed and developed at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A similar system was integrated into the educational program at California Polytechnic State University and experimentally evaluated for two courses with large enrollments. These courses were an introduction to COBOL and an introduction to BASIC, respectively. The evaluation procedure consisted of comparing the curricula of the two courses taught in a traditionally-aided instruction (TAI) mode with that taught in a LRAI mode using appropriately structured questionnaires, common examinations, and statistical analyses. The results of the evaluation strongly demonstrated that the performance of students using the LRAI approach was better than those in the TAI mode of instruction. (Author/WCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo.; California Univ., Santa Barbara.