Computer Assisted Instruction in Navy Technical Training Using a Small Dedicated Computer System
NAVAL PERSONNEL AND TRAINING RESEARCH LAB SAN DIEGO CA
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An investigation was made of the feasibility of CAI for Navy technical training. The computer system used was the IBM 1500 system. The curriculum was taken from Basic ElectricityElectronics School. Five CAI modules were developed which could replace 92 hours of the class curriculum. CAI provided very effective and efficient instruction. CAI students scored higher than class-instructed students on School Examinations as well as Supplemental tests, and required about 45 less training time. Student attitudes were quite favorable to CAI. A complete CAI data management and course revision methodology was developed in this project. Revisions using this methodology resulted in marked improvements in instruction. A number of new developments were made in branching technology for use in remediation, training, drill and practice, and review. Incorporation of these developments into CAI lessons was shown to produce substantial reductions in training time. Although the CAI training was very effective, the 1500 system is not economically feasible for training in basic electronics because of the limitation of 32 terminals and its relatively high cost.
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