ERIC Number: ED183185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating Materials for Teaching With a Computer. The Illinois Series on Educational Application of Computers, No. 5e.
Dennis, J. Richard
The details and process of evaluating computerized instructional materials are presented for the major classes of such materials, i.e., courseware--the set of computer programs with which the student interacts directly to learn--and instructional software--the instructional facilities, services, or general operations which include management and testing. Formative and summative evaluation, both used to evaluate conventional materials, are considered appropriate, but two different points of focus are indicated for use with computerized materials: the interaction focus and the subject matter focus. The interaction focus concentrates both on the mechanical aspects of interaction, e.g., the function of keyboards, and such logical and communication aspects of interaction as the dialogue with the student and the degree of individualization. The questions to be asked and the data to be gathered are provided for evaluating materials in each class, but it is pointed out that first hand experiences are mandatory to get a true measure of the characteristics and usefulness of any instructional computing program. This resource for preservice and inservice teacher training includes a study activity, two references, and a courseware evaluation worksheet. (CMV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Secondary Education.
Note: Best copy available; For related documents, see IR 008 123-139.