ERIC Number: ED223468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Three Microcomputer Teaching Modules. SUMIT Courseware Development Project.
The purpose of this series of experiments was to examine two questions related to the effectiveness of computer assisted instruction (CAI). Can microcomputer modules teach effectively, and do they enhance learning when used as a supplement to traditional teaching methods? Part 1 of this report addresses the former question and part 2 addresses the latter. The three microcomputer modules used were Population Growth, Predator Prey, and Mitosis/Meiosis. All three were produced by the author as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported project. Each module was a self-contained teaching medium employing graphics, text, and sound designed expressly for the Apple II microcomputer. Each was interactive, allowing the student to enter answers to multiple-choice questions, parameters for equations, and/or other input. No computer programming background was necessary for the student to execute or make minor modifications to the module programs. Results indicate that learning was achieved to a high degree of significance, but that CAI supplemented with traditional teaching methods did not significantly improve learning. It is indicated that although not a panacea, the microcomputer has proven that it has a solid niche in the educational world, and an ever increasing potential. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton. Dept. of Biological Sciences.