ERIC Number: ED200284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Micro-Computer Tutorial Assistance Project.
Kamm, Steven D.
This evaluative report summarizes the objectives, costs, and outcomes of a project undertaken by South Oklahoma City Junior College to develop 50 computer-based tutorial lessons to assist students in mastering the requirements of a competency-based physics course. A rationale for the project is presented first, based on the inordinate amount of time required of the instructor to individually tutor students; the unsatisfactory nature of commercially prepared workbooks; and the positive results of an initial pilot study. The report then outlines specific project goals: to reduce the dropout rate and the number of attempts students needed to demonstrate competency for each course objective; to improve student attitudes toward physics; and to leave the instructor with more time to help the students with the most serious difficulties. The report then describes the special features of the tutorial lessons, which are programmed on micro-computer cassettes and which require the student to establish problem-solving methodologies with gradually decreasing amounts of assistance. Implementation problems posed by time constraints and limited memory capacity are examined prior to an evaluation of the system based on a comparison of student progress using the system with the progress registered by students prior to its implementation and student evaluations of the system. The report concludes with a summary of project funding and expenses. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Oklahoma City Junior Coll., OK.