A Description of Basic Author Aids in an Organized System for Computer Assisted Instruction
BATTELLE COLUMBUS DIV OH
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This is one of a series of papers dealing with the authoring process and related problems in computer based instruction CBI. It describes the design of a system of authoring, including some aspects of the actual programming language. The paper provides details on a number of author aids that can be implemented in any organized system for CAI. The topics discussed are 1 Framework for structuring Author Programs, 2 Language Characteristics, 3 Display-of-Program Tools and Program Documentation, 4 Built-In Operations and Subroutines, 5 Controls for the Authoring Environment, 6 System Maintenance of the Program Data Base, 7 Creating Data Bases for Student Use, 8 Automation of Student Run Time Facilities, 9 Preliminary - Trial Tools, 10 Editing Facilities, and 11 Training of Authors. A major premise of this paper is that the only system which can maximize author assistance is one which is organized along those lines from its inception. Experience has demonstrated that it is far less satisfactory to tack on author aids to an existing programming language.
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