ERIC Number: ED296710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb-6
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Assisted Instruction Authoring System. Final Report. Appendix A: Photographs of Some Screen Displays. Experimental Authoring System (XAS). Appendix B: Author Manual for the DERS Interactive Experimental Authoring System (XAS). Appendix C: Syntax of Implementation Two. Computer Assisted Instruction Authoring System.
This project report details the design of an interactive authoring system for the development of computer assisted instructional (CAI) software. This system is possible because the development of more powerful computing and software systems has facilitated authoring systems which allow the development of courseware in an interactive mode and without formal programming. The major CAI programming languages and emerging authoring systems are reviewed first, and specifications for the design of authoring systems are noted. Included in these specifications are those used in the development of this system, as well as those of a more general nature related to subsystems that support the authoring environment. The design and implementation of an interactive authoring system for the DEC VAX series of minicomputers is then detailed, including the creation of instructional graphics and instructional templates, and recommendations are made for the improvement of authoring system designs. The text is supplemented by various figures, and a 67-item bibliography is provided. Appendix A provides photographs of some of the screen displays of the experimental authoring system; Appendix B is a separate manual for the author using the system to create courseware; and Appendix C presents the syntax of the control, content, display, answer, input, and menu languages and expressions syntax used in the second implementation of the authoring system. This syntax is written in the Elf language, which was designed and developed by Alan Davis of the Division of Educational Research Services (DERS) at the University of Alberta. (EW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Div. of Educational Research Services.
Note: Photographs will not reproduce well.