IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 11 -- NEW APPLICATIONS
Original Publication Date: 1978-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-10
Software Patent Institute
D. A. Michalopoulos: AUTHOR [+2]
NEW APPLICATIONS * New learning system to combine computer with videotape * ";Amateur"; legislators started American Revolution, computer study shows
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Prof. D. A. Michalopoulos
California State University, Fullerton edited by
Prof. D. A. Michalopoulos California State University, Fullerton
New learning system to combine computer with videotape
The University of Utah is developing a learning system for the worker who must pursue a college education at odd hours or the student who needs extra instruction to keep up with a class. The system combines a small standalone computer and terminal with a videotape player and monitor, to make an independent "learning station." Plans call for the eventual placement of dozens of these learning stations throughout the cities and remote communities of the intermountain West.
"We don't want to eliminate the traditional teacher- student interaction," says Dr. John DeFord, associate professor of physics and director of the project " . . but we believe there is also an enor" mous potential for educating people using the interactive capabilities of computers in combination with television." The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant of more than $200,000 to support development of the system, with the university providing a similar amount in matching funds.
Each learning station will consist of a computer terminal, videotape player, and color TV monitor. The student will select a videotape lesson and place the videocassette in the player. The tape will begin to play the lesson on the color monitor, under computer control, with the student having the option to stop, advance, or rewind the tape at any time.
When the tape reaches a certain point, it will automatically stop and questions will appear on the computer terminal screen, beginning a student-program interaction. Depending on the answers the student types at the terminal keyboard, the computer may resume the videotape, ask further questions or offer additional responses, or play a remedial section of the videotape until the
student's responses show he understands the material. The computer, then, will not only run the question-response sequences, but will also direct the overall learning session, doing all the system "housekeeping" while the student follows an individualized path through the lesson. This "housekeeping" will be completely transparent to the student user.
The initial hardware configuration includes a 56K-byte, LSI- 1 l-based Terak microcomputer system with a 128K-byte Remex floppy disk system. The videotape payer is a three-quarter inch Audiotrac 2 system, running under computer control. Forty-eight kilobytes of the...