ERIC Number: ED355773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-5
Reference Count: N/A
Courseware Authoring and Delivering System for Chinese Language Instruction. Final Report.
A study investigated technical methods for simplifying and improving the creation of software for teaching uncommonly taught languages such as Chinese. Research consisted of assessment of existing authoring systems, domestic and overseas, available hardware, peripherals, and software packages that could be integrated into this project. Then some features of an authoring system were applied to a personal computer using available hardware and software. Among the findings were that interactive computer-assisted instruction (CAI) applications have large storage requirements; choice of hardware and peripherals require trade-offs in cost, speed, and adequacy; a courseware author is needed; the program can be designed to incorporate a third language; data compatibility is the primary difficulty in transferring information from one computer type to another; and the Unix system is inadequate for this application. It is concluded that an interactive CAI system for multiple languages with graphics, text, and voice capability at reasonable cost can be developed if special care is given to the needs of potential users, system development, and integration of hardware and software. The final product of the research is a detailed design for a multi-language, multimedia courseware authoring and delivery system. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Comptek Co., Springfield, NJ.