ERIC Number: ED260688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Educational Software for Tomorrow.
Designed to address the management and use of computer software in education and training, this paper explores both good and poor software design, calling for improvements in the quality of educational software by attending to design considerations that are based on general principles of learning rather than specific educational objectives. This approach also focuses attention on the student-computer segment of the wider context in which learning occurs and which includes the external environment, e.g., the school, the home, and cultural institutions, as well as other individuals, e.g., parent, teacher, fellow students, who affect the interactions between the student and the computer. Topics discussed include: (1) goals for computer use in education; (2) the software design process and the source of quality productions; (3) student orientation to software; (4) student interaction with hardware and software; (5) ways to facilitate student understanding; (6) promising directions to pursue; and (7) the Advanced Instructional Technology Program at SRI International. Included are diagrams which illustrate the concepts of software types and learning skills, educational software development, design considerations for educational software, and the interaction of computer science and cognitive engineering. The paper concludes with a call for instructional designers to use information on how people store, manipulate, and process knowledge in the design of educational software. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.