Accession Number:

ADA243675

Title:

Adaptive On-Line Help for Embedded Instructional Systems

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Report Date:

1991-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

The US. Army Corps of Engineers USACE has long recognized the benefits of computer-aided design CAD systems, and has encouraged its design architectengineers AEs to use this technology. However, traditional methods of training AEs to use CAD have had only limited success, so USACE has investigated and developed various innovative, nontraditional methods. One such method, on-line embedded instruction, uses CAD software as the delivery medium for an on-line tutorial program. This report discusses an on-line tutorial program developed for the Corps standard CAD system, Intergraph MicroStation. An innovative feature of the Corps tutorial program is its adaptive on-line help function, which includes both procedural and conceptual help material, presented to the user on the basis of his or her degree of CAD experience. The effectiveness of this tutorial was investigated in a USACE Technology Transfer Test Bed T3B demonstration, with particular attention on the adaptive on-line help function. Findings indicate that the adaptive help function was effective for most test participants, but it could probably be modified to better address the needs of certain categories of learners.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE