ERIC Number: ED317805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
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Networked Learning in 70001 Programs.
Fine, Marija Futchs
The 7000l Training and Employment Institute offers self-paced instruction through the use of computers and audiovisual materials to young people to improve opportunities for success in the work force. In 1988, four sites were equipped with Apple stand-alone software in an integrated learning system that included courses in reading and math, test scoring, and recordkeeping. 70001 staff evaluated participants and staff at the four sites from August 1, 1988 through June 30, 1989. The 84 participants spent from several weeks to more than 4 months on the networked system. On average, they worked through 16 problems for every 10 minutes spent on the computer. Eighty-two of the 84 participants felt successful as they worked through the program. Average grade gains for 47 participants at 3 sites were 1.4l for reading and 1.92 for math. The fourth site used a different scale, with results comparable to the other three sites, roughly equivalent to one grade gain for every 100 hours of instruction. 7000l field staff pointed out five weaknesses in the use of computers to present instructional material: a lack of clarity in some learning concepts, a need for special inservice training, limitations in student assessment procedures, difficulty in using some computer commands, and the need for suggestions to meet needs of students at varying levels. (The paper includes 15 pages of data tables, surveys, and survey responses.) (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Adult Literacy and Technology Conference (Louisville, KY, July 1989).