CONARC Training Workshop, Fort Gordon, Georgia, 5-7 October 1971. Volume II. Computers in Training Specialty Workshop.
CONTINENTAL ARMY COMMAND FORT MONROE VA
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The twelve presentations have made it quite clear to the participants that computers are being extensively used in military training and civilian applications. These applications are diverse and tend to be restricted to a relatively small number of trainees at various locations. On the other hand, the number of students being served is increasing and the quality of programs is being improved rapidly. This conclusion seems to be true, not only of Army efforts but those of the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Early and incomplete evaluations which compare students taught with CAI treatments and conventional instruction characteristically show small but significant superiority in achievement for CAI-taught groups. On a criterion of time saved, results of studies seem to favor CAI groups with time savings of approximately one-third when compared with conventional instruction. In addition to these favorable results, there are indications of real potential in terms of cost-effectiveness. However, much work remains to be done to adequately account for all factors which should be considered in cost-effectiveness assessment of CAI. In connection with evaluation efforts there is a definite need for carefully documented evaluation reports on CAI training experience. These reports are necessary to be able to demonstrate to higher echelons that there are quantitative data which support the qualitative decisions about the worth of CAI in meeting training needs.
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