IEEE Computer Volume 15 Number 12 -- BOOK REVIEWS
Original Publication Date: 1982-Dec-01
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CAI Sourcebook -- Robert L. Burke (Prentice- Hall, Englewood Cliffs N.J., 1982, 206 pp., $18.95, hardcover, $1 1.95, paperback).
Would you like to become an author of computer-assisted instruction courseware? Or would you rather become a member of a CAI development team? Perhaps you would just like to know the ins and outs of CAI. Or how about a textbook on the background and procedures of CAI? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then here is the book for you. In 12 short chapters the author covers topics from reasons to enter the CAI field to the future of CAI with microcomputers.
Today, CAI is growing because of the microcomputer explosion. Schools
across the country are buying them in large numbers and creating an unprecedented demand for microcomputer CAI courseware. Now is the opportune time to become a CAI author, whether you want to start your own cottage industry or work for a large publisher. But you must be cautious. First learn the market, for it is shaped by a hodgepodge of authorities who establish machine standards at state and local levels. You should also take care to produce a quality product, because the proliferation of demand has resulted in faulty material. This is creating a backlash from people who specialize in reviewing CAI products.
The book presents CAI methods suited to a microcomputer equipped with up to 64K bytes of dynamic internal memory, a typewriterlike keyboard, a visual display, and the capability of using off-the-shelf accessories and hardware modification cards. Peripheral storage on cassette tape or disk is optional.
Courseware is the name applied to the software that executes the CAI lesson.
Developing CAI courseware requires specialized knowledge in four areas: the subject matter covered by the lesson learning theory, instructional systems
design, and computer science. If you don't want to do it all, you can form a working team With other specialists.
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