ERIC Number: ED433050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Meeting the Challenge. Final Report of the Computer-Based Developmental Education Project.
Johnson, Larry; Perez, Stella
This document is a final report on a two-year study involving nine community colleges, four disciplines and two special programs, 49 faculty, and 2,381 students in an exploration of the relationship between developmental courses and computer-based instruction. The report begins with an introduction, a description of students needing developmental courses, the purpose of the study, a description of the actual participants, an identification of instructional models and student characteristics, the findings for successful instructional models (i.e. for reading, mathematics, writing, ESL, and other developmental programs) and for student characteristics, conclusion and recommendations, and references. The Invest Learning system, an integrated learning system, was the key instructional strategy implemented by all the programs in the study. The evidence clearly shows that the Invest system, when used properly, can be an effective instructional tool for developmental programs. Fourteen exemplary models emerged that illustrate a variety of successful applications. Students generally enjoyed working with computers, and student characteristics commonly considered to be obstacles to success in computer-based instruction, such as the comfort level with computers and typing, appear to have little impact on student success. (JJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Invest Learning Corp.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.