CAI-BASIC: A Program to Teach the Programming Language 'BASIC'
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The paper presents a computer aided instruction program that fulfills the objectives of teaching a simple programming language, interpreting student responses, and executing and editing student programs. The CAI-BASIC program is written in FORTRAN IV, level G, and executes on IBM-2741 terminals while running under the CP-67CMS time sharing system on the U.S. Naval Postgraduate Schools IBM-36067 computer system. The instructional phase of CAI-BASIC presents the fundamentals of BASIC, a simple user oriented language, in seven lessons. During the instructional sessions the student is presented material and, based on his response to questions, he is routed to the next sequence of instructions. The execution phase of CAI-BASIC allows execution of BASIC programs, and has an optional debug feature that provides a trace of program variables to aid the student in finding programming errors. In the event of programming errors the user may enter an edit mode to correct mistakes in his program.
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