ERIC Number: ED167186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Microprocessors as an Adjunct to Statistics Instruction.
Miller, William G.
Examinations of costs and acquisition of facilities indicate that an Altair 8800A microcomputer with a program library of parametric, non-parametric, mathematical, and teaching programs can be used effectively for teaching college-level statistics. Statistical packages presently in use require extensive computing knowledge beyond the students' and instructors' desired needs. Simplified access is available through use of microprocessor systems. Costs of different microprocessor systems vary with performance, operational specifications, and quality. Cost comparisons are also difficult to make between microprocessor systems and mini-, macro-, and mega-systems, as well as large systems. Consideration must be given to software, acquisition, tangible and intangible benefits to users, and various other criteria. Some statistical instruction programs, used primarily to generate sample problems for homework or tests and to analyze data found in textbooks or illustrate statistical relationships, demonstrate the possibilities. To fully capitalize on the microcomputer revolution, microcomputer manufacturers must assume greater responsibility for equipment, maintenance, service, and standards for programming languages. Institutions must rethink resources and planning, and the impact of microprocessor use on students. (CWM)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Construction Costs, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Facilities, Educational Media, Graduate Students, Nonparametric Statistics, Program Descriptions, Programed Instruction, Statistics, Teaching Machines, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, April 1978)