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Computer-Assisted Learning

Toward the Development and Use of Quality Courseware


Urs K. Karrer-Rüedi

Nowadays, it is widely accepted that CAL/CBT can be used effectively. However, there are still several drawbacks and shortages existing such as the overall low quality of the courseware. As a step towards improved quality courseware, this study presents a list of basic instructional factors to be included in the formative and summative evaluation of courseware. It offers a set of quality factors discriminating between good and poor quality courseware throughout its production, and summarizes the results of an empirical study which was conducted to investigate the impacts courseware and student characteristics have upon learning achievement.
Contents: Introduction: Computers in Education and Training - Learning with Courseware (Instructional Factors and Evaluation) - Development of Quality Courseware (Production Systems and Quality Factors) - Results of an Empirical Study.