ERIC Number: ED225399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
So You Want to Do Your Own CAL Program: The Experience at the University of Calgary.
SPEAQ Journal, v4 n3-4 p119-27 1980
This paper describes the experience of setting up a computer assisted learning (CAL) program, the implementation of the program, and the way it is currently being integrated into the curriculum. The CAL program was developed by a team that included a subject specialist, specialists in computer applications and instructional design, a computer programmer, and an evaluation and measurement consultant. Planning the program involved (1) attention to decisions about whether to use CAL for mainline or adjunct instruction, (2) the kind of courseware, (3) which aspects of the language to teach, and (4) whether to use a tutorial mode or a drill and practice mode. The implementation of the program involved mainly getting financial support and the support of the faculty. The program is being integrated into the introductory French courses in two ways. In one approach, students are encouraged to use CAL in addition to their regular instruction; in the other, students use CAL as part of the course load. A preliminary evaluation of the two experiments indicated that the CAL lessons should have been better integrated into the course work. A number of mainly positive and neutral comments by students on the initial use of CAL are provided. Generally, student attitudes toward learning French either improved or stayed the same as a result of the CAL experience. (AMH)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Material Development, Program Development, Second Language Instruction, 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).