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Path Entity Recording

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000088580D
Original Publication Date: 1977-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Prokop, CJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In a self-paced teaching machine, instructional material may be personalized so as to minimize the amount of time the student needs to learn the material. The personalization is accomplished by providing exercises in which the student can demonstrate newly acquired abilities, More material, or less material, is presented to the student depending on the student's ability to perform these exercises correctly and/or the student's overall comprehension rate.

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Path Entity Recording

In a self-paced teaching machine, instructional material may be personalized so as to minimize the amount of time the student needs to learn the material. The personalization is accomplished by providing exercises in which the student can demonstrate newly acquired abilities, More material, or less material, is presented to the student depending on the student's ability to perform these exercises correctly and/or the student's overall comprehension rate.

A subroutine is provided as part of the instruction package to maintain a record of the student's progress by recording the identity of instructions taken by the student through the course material. This information defines a "path entity" and includes codes representing the job name, segments within the job, and instruction within the segment in which the student is working. The path entity for each instruction is concatenated chronologically with all previous path entities for the student. The record unit of path entities for a student provides an index of the instruction path for the student which can be compared to the planned path expectations at the origination of the course writing in order to help assess the need for future course revisions.

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