ERIC Number: ED247889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Tutorial CAL at the Open University: The Use of MERLIN in ST291.
Whitelegg, E. L.
The use of MERLIN, a computer assisted tutorial system, was evaluated in both a supervised and an unsupervised mode in 1980. MERLIN was used only in an Open University second level course entitled "Images and Information," which dealt with modern imaging systems. The tutorials covered the first 10 of 16 study units and were taken via the Open University's Student Computing Service terminals at local study centers. A questionnaire was sent to 459 students and tutors, of whom only 62 responded, which represented 26% of the 238 students who returned the feedback section of their second compulsory course assessment. Sixteen respondents had not used the system. Results suggest that, although students perceive the usefulness of the system, the problems of access to and operation of the terminals in study centers greatly limit their use. A subsequent evaluation to remove access problems was planned for 1981 with six students using home-based computer terminals. Appendices provide the 1979-1980 figures on MERLIN usage; minutes of use by tutorial and week number for 1978 and 1980; study questionnaires; a letter to computer tutors requesting information; student comments on benefits, suggestions, and problems; and MERLIN usage figures in graph form. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England).