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ERIC Number: ED105888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 10
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The Evolutionary Development of CAI Courseware.
Steinberg, Esther R.
The history of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) courseware is described with specific reference to the PLATO system. Among the goals of courseware authors are finding better ways to develop the cognitive skills of students, to shift some of the burden of routine classroom instruction away from the teacher so that more class time can be spent in more productive activity, and to learn more about the capabilities of computer-assisted instruction. Among the general conclusions that can be drawn about CAI courseware development are: (1) the importance of each individual's awareness of an involvement in the entire project, (2) the creation of fancy displays and animation does not necessarily result in more effective learning, (3) the use of student feedback in the development of courseware generally results in a greater acceptance of the final product, and (4) courseware authors frequently see their lessons as works of art, and they frequently have highly vested interests in them. While the multiplicity of approaches to courseware development has been valuable for the PLATO project, changes in the technology of the system make it difficult to keep all authors apprised of system constraints and enhancements. (DGC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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