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IEEE Computer Volume 15 Number 8 -- NEW APPLICATIONS & RECENT RESEARCH Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131532D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 2 page(s) / 15K

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Software Patent Institute

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Demetrios Michalopoulos: AUTHOR [+2]


NEW APPLICATIONS & RECENT RESEARCH * Interactive video system educates electronics * Electronic voice hellos order oroceriss

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New Applications Editor: Prof. Demetrios Michalopoulos

California State University, Fullerton

Interactive video system educates electronics

In California, where every fourth person is employed in high-technology electronics companies, the College of San Mateo and the state legislature have developed the Electronics Worksite Training Project to help reduce unemployment by training entry-level workers to assume increased technical responsibilities.

Employers use a combination of computer hardware and software, Sony industrial Betamax SLO-323 and SLP-303 videotape players; and electronic testing equipment to deliver in-plant instruction to workers who have found it difficult to succeed with structured night school courses at community colleges. Since the video programs respond to input by the student, programs can be produced that take into account varying levels of comprehension. Open entry/open exit, modular, and self-paced instruction involves testing, homework review, adapted videotape programs, interactive hands-on exercises, and skill tapes that emphasize measurement and troubleshooting techniques.

The curriculum is designed to move from theory to very specific applications. Each day students are tested on reading assignments from the day before by questions that the computer randomly generates. To progress, a student must demonstrate competency by correctly answering 9 of 10 or 13 of 15 questions on a given topic. The next step is to study a videotaped version of a laboratory experiment. Finally, the student performs certain tasks on the testing equipment that apply to job-related duties. Students can earn up to 18 academic credits that can be applied to earning an associate of science degree.

As part of the project, a hotline manned by an electronics professor at the College of San Mateo is available to students, as...