ERIC Number: ED315062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Selecting Microcomputer Courseware. ERIC Digest.
Beattie, Elena D.; Preston, Nancy R.
The number of educational software packages on today's market is growing steadily. A large percentage of them are found to be of poor quality in terms of instructional and/or technical design. Arguing that a microcomputer in the classroom is only as effective as the software used with it, the first part of this digest provides an overview of the basic steps in courseware selection and evaluation that are recommended in the educational literature: (1) evaluating needs and constraints; (2) identifying software titles and previewing copies; and (3) evaluating the software package. Criteria for evaluating the content, instructional qualities, and technical characteristics of courseware are included in the second part. Finally, a select resource guide lists organizations, journals, guidebooks, indexes, and databases from which useful information can be obtained. (7 references) (GL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Reviews, Courseware, Evaluation Criteria, Instructional Design
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.