Computer-Managed Instruction in the Navy: V. The Effects of Charted Feedback on Rate of Progress through a CMI Course
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTCENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Computer-generated progress charts were developed to provide feedback to students under computer-managed instruction. The effect of cumulative progress information on course completion time and achievement was determined through two experiments. In Experiment I, involving civilian researchers, Basic ElectricityElectronics BEE students experienced five different conditions of charted feedback. A standard BEE learning center served as control. Although no significant differences in completion times were found, student and instructor attitudes were strongly supportive of the chart procedures. Experiment II operationally applied the best procedure from Experiment I, chart-on-demand, at four CMI schools. Versions of charts for instructor use were also employed. In all four schools, students using the chart procedures completed the course in shorter time than did control students. Student and instructor attitudes toward the charts were again extremely supportive. The faster training time by students indicates the potential for significant training cost savings by widespread use of the feedback charts in Navy CMI courses.
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