ERIC Number: ED191506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Individualized Instruction for Data Access (IIDA). Quarterly Report No. 7, December 1979.
Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Graduate School of Library Science.; Franklin Inst. Research Labs., Philadelphia, PA.
The project described is a renewal of earlier work on Individualized Instruction for Data Access (IIDA), a program designed at Drexel University to aid users in searching a database with the computer acting as assistant. This quarterly report discusses the evaluation of IIDA through user interaction. Two types of evaluation were performed: formative evaluation, monitoring system development and providing feedback leading to further refinement; and summative evaluation, which was concerned with the impact and effectiveness of the IIDA system. Formative evaluation was achieved through observation of system use by three groups: computer science majors, actual users, and library and information science graduate students and faculty. Programming errors were uncovered and system responses examined through this test of the system. Summative evaluation was carried out through observation of searches performed by two groups of novice users--new students at the school of library and information science, and engineering students taking a technical writing course. Evaluative questionnaires were also completed by the two groups of novice users, and the results are briefly summarized. Search topics, questionnaires, and course requirements for the novice users are contained in appendices. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Graduate School of Library Science.; Franklin Inst. Research Labs., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: For related documents, see IR 008 561-562 and ED 145 826, ED 168 462, and ED 179 195.