ERIC Number: ED311870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-8
Reference Count: N/A
Learning with Interactive Media: Dynamic Support for Students and Teachers. Interactive Technology Laboratory Report #4.
Riel, Margaret M.; Levin, James A.
The controversy over appropriate educational uses of computers is framed along a continuum based on the amount of support provided to the user. Software programs in which the user's role is to respond in a pre-determined structure (program controlled software) anchors one end of the continuum, while software which empowers the user to create new ways to use the computer (user control software) anchors the other end. Both positions in the controversy are too static. An alternative position is proposed: a process of educational software use in which the amount of assistance provided by the computer is systematically decreased as novices gain expertise. This principle, termed "dynamic support," applies to students learning to write and to teachers learning to incorporate computers into their classrooms. (21 references) (Author/GL)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programing), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Games, Computer Simulation, Computer Software, Educational Innovation, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Design, Learning Strategies, Microcomputers, Technology Transfer, Word Processing, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla. Center for Human Information Processing.