ERIC Number: ED102980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Optimizing the Efficiency of Computer-Aided Instruction. Final Report. Report No. 2992.
Feurzeig, Wallace; And Others
To minimize training time, an adaptive training model for optimizing path sequencing in computer aided instruction was developed. The model reduced a course to logical components or quanta, then plotted the material for possible sequences and evaluated each component quanta as to importance to subject assimilation. For implementation and testing, the model was applied to a computer programing course offered at Sheppard Air Force Base. Computer programing was the subject selected because conceptual quanta of introductory programing do not have to be rigidly structured; many sequences are possible. The completed course materials were extensively evaluated by programing instructors who estimated that training time had been reduced between 10 and 23 percent. They felt that the principal values of the program were in its improved presentation, reduction of instructor time, better instruction for slow learners, and use as a refresher course. Implementation of the programing course revealed that the model succeeds in adapting both program sequence and program substance to fit learner requirements. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Computer Science Education, Data Processing, Educational Media, Man Machine Systems, Military Training, Models, Programed Instruction, Programing
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (MF-$0.95, HC-$3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.