ERIC Number: ED298728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Empirical Software Evaluation: A Practical Alternative.
Australian Journal of Human Communication Disorders, v15 n2 p75-88 Dec 1987
The article presents a software evaluation checklist developed by a teaching-research laboratory for severely handicapped students in New York City. In an introductory section, the use of laptop microcomputers in helping handicapped learners acquire, maintain, and generalize functional skills is described as the fifth ingredient of an integrated curriculum approach featuring established conditions of learning, effective principles of teaching, proven rules of instruction, and community-referenced curricula. The 25-item checklist, with accompanying elaborative narrative, addresses the following topics: compatibility, media, backup disk, target population specification, returns policy, longterm cost, empirical software, load speed, introductory credits, attention screens, friendliness, failsafe operation, fault-tolerance, on-line help, flexible content, one-pass introduction, program filters, task versus reward frames, type of reward frames, levels of difficulty, auto-branching, on-line curriculum aids, automatic record-keeping, keyboard control, and alternative input options. Brief appendices present the checklist in abbreviated form and list selected software programs that rate highly on the checklist. (JW)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Courseware, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Instructional Effectiveness, Media Selection, Microcomputers, Nonprint Media, Severe Disabilities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires
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