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Form Driven Programming Technique

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000085405D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Spencer, TD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Programmed instruction material is often presented to an operator of an interactive terminal, in teaching the operation of the terminal or a larger system to the operator. The instruction material may specify exercises to be performed by the operator, including tests to determine the appropriate degree of detail or speed at which the operator can be reliably taught.

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Form Driven Programming Technique

Programmed instruction material is often presented to an operator of an interactive terminal, in teaching the operation of the terminal or a larger system to the operator. The instruction material may specify exercises to be performed by the operator, including tests to determine the appropriate degree of detail or speed at which the operator can be reliably taught.

In preparing this training material, the appropriate instructional text and exercises are created and edited in a narrative manner. After the material has been finalized, it is preceded by control information for instructing the system relative to the manner in which the material is to be presented to the student, and the manner in which the system is to respond to actions of the student.

The control information that precedes the text is entered according to a predetermined form. Instead of requiring the preparer of the instructional material to be fluent in a programming language for instructing the system, the form lists all of the operational instructions in a predetermined order. The system responds to an instruction based upon its position in this control header, rather than upon the decoding of an operand code.

The advantages of this form-driven programming technique over conventional programming for preparation of programmed instruction material are summarized as follows:

1) For the course author, course preparation is accomplished in separate stages. The preparation can be done b...