ERIC Number: ED374268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines and Support Materials for the Acquisition of Computer-Based Adult Literacy Systems.
National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
This document contains guidelines and support materials to assist potential purchasers of computer-based adult literacy (CBAL) systems as they consider which specific system to purchase. Included in the document are the following: guidelines and evaluation criteria (written in question form) pertaining to seven areas affecting the purchasing decision for a specific adult literacy program, a discussion of the best sources for obtaining the information required to answer the questions, guidelines for using the evaluation criteria, and definitions of selected terms pertaining to CBAL systems. The evaluation criteria/questions are organized under the following category headings: equipment; cost, installation, and licensing; compatibility with the adult literacy program; flexibility; management; documentation and support; and sources of further information about individual CBAL systems. A worksheet designed to be used in developing a purchasing recommendation is also included. Appended are a 22-item annotated bibliography of publications about the use of computers in adult literacy programs and CBAL systems and a chart cross-referencing items in the annotated resources with six integrated learning systems: Autoskill, CCC, Josten's INVEST, PALS (Principle of the Alphabet Literacy System), Pathfinder, and PLATO. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Annotated Bibliographies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Selection, Computer System Design, Computer Uses in Education, Decision Making, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Instructional Systems, Literacy Education
National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1K5, Canada.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada