Accession Number:

ADA143433

Title:

Experimental Evaluation of Five Techniques for Teaching for the ZOG Frame Editor,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

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Report Date:

1984-06-14

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

With the growing number of computer text editing systems, a question arises about the best way to teach beginners to use a given text editor. The authors are particularly concerned with choosing among several teaching techniques that are available for users of Carnegie-Mellon Universitys ZOG system and its editor, ZED. ZOG is a rapid-response, menu-selection, software system intended as a general-purpose interface to a computer. This paper compares five techniques for teaching naive users to edit using ZED three forms of a manual on-line in ZOGs net-structured format, off-line, and on-line displayed in parallel with the on-line editing work a highly structured tutorial and a human teacher. The techniques are compared with each other and with eight editors evaluated by Roberts and Moran 1982. The results indicate 1 all the techniques take essentially the same time to produce adequate learning 2 the style in which the teaching techniques are used varies according to accessibility and structure and 3 ZED learning falls in the middle of the range of Roberts and Morans editors in terms of minutes required on average to learn to do a new editing task. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE