An Evaluation of a CAI System for Teaching Fortran

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A one-year study was conducted at Michigan Technological University to evaluate the effectiveness of the Control Data Corporation Micro Plato Fortran lessons as a replacement for classroom instruction. The one-half grade lower average achieved by the group using the computer-aided instruction mode compared to that of the group taught in the traditional classroom environment was found to be statistically significant (α= 0.01). This paper presents the details of these results, the students’ reactions to the system, as well as a discussion of factors possibly contributing to the better performance of the traditionally taught group. © 1985 IEEE

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IEEE Transactions on Education