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ERIC Number: ED442666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
A Comparison of Authoring Software for Developing Mathematics Self-Learning Software Packages.
Suen, Che-yin; Pok, Yang-ming
Four years ago, the authors started to develop a self-paced mathematics learning software called NPMaths by using an authoring package called Tencore. However, NPMaths had some weak points. A development team was hence formed to develop similar software called Mathematics On Line. This time the team used another development language called Scientific Notebook. In early 1998, the authors developed some question items using Maple as it includes the strong points of both Tencore and Scientific Notebook. Unfortunately, all the software mentioned above requires the downloading of the package into the local machine. All these packages (Tencore, Scientific Notebook, and Maple) do not have a convenient plug-in version suitable for Web browser application. The team recently developed similar software using Java. The first batch of question items using Java were used by more than 1,000 students. The Java development was not too successful because the downloading time was too slow, especially when many students are using the package at the same time. Currently the team is studying the possibility of using ActiveX to develop a learning package in which the downloading time is expected to be one-tenth of the Java downloading time. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A