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A 'Tutorial for Use of the TENEX Electronic Notebook-Conference (TEN-C) System on the ARPANET

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128636D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-16
Document File: 26 page(s) / 82K

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

James H. Carlisle: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This report is intended for those who train new users of the computer programs described herein. It is not a training manual! This report describes a tutorial for introducing novice users to a collection of computer programs which support interpersonal communication. The tutorial is designed to reduce the apparent complexity of the multiple command languages involved. The instructional strategy used provides a model for other training situations in which a collection of computer programs must be taught simultaneously.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

A 'Tutorial for Use of the TENEX Electronic Notebook-Conference (TEN- C) System on the ARPANET

James H. Carlisle

ARPA ORDER NO. 2930 NR 154-374 UTII,b

ISIIRR-75-38 August 1975

INFORMATION SCIENCES INSTITUTE

4676 Admiralty WaylMarina del ReylCalifornia 90291 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA fT77 (213) 822-1511 Preparation of this paper was supported by the Office of Naval Research, Personnel and Training Research Programs, Code 458, under ontract N00014-75-C-0710, NR 154-374, under terms of ARPA Order Number 2930. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the a&thor(s) and should not be interpreted as necessarily repre-senting the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or the U.S. Government. This document is approved for public release and sale; distribution is unlimited.

CONTENTS

PREFACE 3 LIST OF TUTORIAL HANDOUTS INCLUDED IN THIS REPORT 5 A. INTRODUCTION The Tenex Electronic Notebook-Conference (TEN-.C) System 6 A Scenario of TEN-C Activity 6 The Evolution of TEN-C 9 The Need For This Tutorial 10

B. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN STRATEGY 11 C. HOW THE TUTORIAL IS PRESENTED Instruction Scenario for the TEN-C Tutorial 13 D. TUTORIAL AND COMMENTARY 15 E. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 41 APPENDIX: ZCONFER Command Descriptions 42

References 45 '

PREFACE

This report is intended for those who train new users of the computer programs described herein. It is not a training manual!

This report describes a tutorial for introducing novice users to a collection of computer programs which support interpersonal communication. The tutorial is designed to reduce the apparent complexity of the multiple command languages involved. The instructional strategy used provides a model for other training situations in which a collection of computer programs must be taught simultaneously.

The tutorial first presents concepts which facilitate understanding of the various command languages. This is followed by a series of exercises leading up to the new user's performance of a sample task involving a limited subset of all commands. The tutor monitors the new user's

University of Southern California Page 1 Dec 31, 1975

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A 'Tutorial for Use of the TENEX Electronic Notebook-Conference (TEN-C) System on the ARPANET

progress and offers advice. This approach puts the new user in an active, problem-solving role from the beginning.

The collection of programs described in this tutorial is called the Tenex Electronic Notebook - Confe re nce (TEN-C) System. Included in this "system" are the XED text editor, the MSG message handling program, and the ZCONFER conferencing program. These programs operate under the TENEX executive on several PDP-10 computers at the USC/Information Sciences Institute.

This description of the tutorial should provide the reader with a useful introduction to the elect...