ERIC Number: ED225396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Computer-Assisted Learning: Design and Implementation.
Holmes, Glyn; Kidd, Marilyn E.
SPEAQ Journal, v4 n3-4 p83-96 1980
Issues related to design and implementation of Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) programs on the university level are discussed. First, three points are noted that affect the way materials are conceived: the type of user and the way of giving choices regarding exercises, the fact that the computer is primarily a medium adapted to the written word, and the adaptability of the equipment to be used. Secondly, vital ingredients in the design of a CAL lesson are presented: the questions to be answered, the format that is most adaptable to the point in question, the desirability of contextualization, user-aid features to be included, and provision for error analysis and feedback. A third section deals with examples of CAL materials created at the University of Western Ontario. These range from a translation-based drill and practice review of vocabulary to a contextualized drill. Both of these were designed for teletype terminals. A second example of CAL lessons is one on numbers and dates that was designed for use with color microcomputers. The final section of the paper deals with the place such a system should be given in the curriculum, that is, whether it should be responsible for instruction in certain aspects of the course or whether it should have a solely adjunctive role. Finally, human factors such as faculty attitudes and the part they play are discussed. (AMH)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Higher Education, Material Development, Programed Instructional Materials, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods
Concordia Colloquium on Language Labs, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, Quebec H3G-1M8, Canada ($15.00 for entire journal).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Concordia Colloquium on Language Laboratories (Montreal, Quebec, July 6-8, 1981).