ERIC Number: ED228457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Handbook for the Identification and Assessment of Computer Courseware for the Adult Learner.
Paul, Daniel M., Comp.
This handbook provides evaluation guidelines, information on acquiring courseware, and evaluations and recommendations regarding available instructional computer software appropriate to the needs of adult learners enrolled in adult basic education or General Education Development. Section 1 addresses computer hardware problems and limitations, copyright laws, and coping with hardware-related problems. In the next section, guiding principles in determining the appropriateness of educational courseware are considered. Guidelines are suggested for evaluation of software on the basis of its instructional strategy: tutorial, drill and practice, gaming, and simulation. A brief glossary of computer terminology is provided. Section 3 discusses potential sources for acquiring software: local development, program conversion, public domain software, and commercially produced software. A brief statement is offered about commercially produced authoring systems. Section 4 is an educational courseware survey. Information on approximately 45 producers, listed alphabetically, includes mailing address, computer type, a brief description of the producer and available programs, and evaluators' comments. Section 5 is a listing of courseware for adult education programing selected by two consultants to the project from the courseware evaluated in section 4. Appendixes include annotated listings of courseware catalogs/directories, magazines/journals/newsletters, and resource centers. (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Education and Training Programs.
Authoring Institution: Shenandoah Valley School District, Shenandoah, PA.