ERIC Number: ED345691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
A Computer Based Training Program on Typesetting for Desktop Publishing Professionals.
This report describes the development of a project designed to enable new users of desktop publishing technologies to produce typeset documents which approach or match commercial quality standards. "Typesetting--A Tutorial for the Desktop Publisher" is a computer assisted instructional (CAI) program that provides students with an understanding of the traditional language of type while developing familiarity with the rules of page layout and design. The design and development of the programmed tutorial is grounded on three assumptions: (1) the main focus of the CAI course must be on enabling operators with non-specialized skills to learn the fundamentals of typesetting; (2) new desktop publishing personnel productivity can be dramatically increased, and learning curves reduced, by a computerized course in which learners control their own pace while learning the elements, principles, and language of typesetting; and (3) operators must know when, how, and why to utilize the tools that are available to them, thus the concepts surrounding document production must be familiar to them. Results of administration of the CAI course indicated a high level of student interest in CAI as a medium of instruction. The flexibility of the user interface provided an impetus for student exploration. Excitement with the tools for learning and the stimulation to interact and play with the media were key factors in the general success of the learning event. The ability of individual students to guide themselves and manipulate their private learning environments were challenges to which participants responded strongly. (14 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, New York Institute of Technology.