Comparison of Paired Students and Individual Students Trained by CAI
NAVAL PERSONNEL AND TRAINING RESEARCH LAB SAN DIEGO CA
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The feasibility of reducing cost per terminal hour of computer assisted instruction CAI was investigated by training Ss in pairs on two modules of an operationally tested tutorial CAI course in the Navys basic electronics curriculum. Navy electronics students, randomly assigned to groups, received all training on an IBM 1500 Instructional System. The major complaint reported by paired students was that the partner went either too fast or too slow. The results indicate that paired student training is a feasible method to reduce the cost per terminal hour of CAI, where CAI course materials are basically linear and where students are paired on the basis of learning rate and aptitude.
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