Evaluating the effectiveness of computer-assisted instruction

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OBJECTIVE: To review research on the effectiveness of computer-assisted instruction (CAI). DATA SOURCES: Professional journals, conference proceedings, current texts. STUDY SELECTION: Not applicable. DATA EXTRACTION: Not applicable. DATA SYNTHESIS: To justify the investment of time and money necessary for updated teaching techniques, educators must show that such techniques are effective. CAI is a new method with potential for providing individualized instruction to students. However, researchers have found little correlation between developers' and teachers' evaluations of the same computer lessons. CONCLUSION: To be evaluated as effective, CAI must be interesting and valuable to the learner, free of technologic problems, meet the instructional criteria of the teacher, and address individual student needs. Further research is needed to devise new evaluation methods that can explore the complex questions of learning characteristics, learning tasks best suited to CAI, and whether CAI saves time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-341
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Laboratory Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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