Computer Assisted Instruction in Basic
The Air Force recently approved the purchase of 1500 Cromemco microcomputers. After approximately 400 were installed, various agencies realized that they needed to develop an on-going program to keep their people trained on the machines. However, additional personnel were not authorized to set up a training program. A survey of microcomputer focal points revealed that a Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) package that taught Beginner's All Purpose Instruction Code (BASIC), would be a good start in developing a training program that required no additional manpower. The author developed a CAI package to satisfy this need. The CAI code was written so that it would conform to Air Force CAI standards, and run on a variety of microcomputers. It was meant to provide sufficient instruction to transform a non-programmer into a programmer competent enough to write mission related programs. It consists of 30 programs, including six lessons (each with two parts), six tests, several homework problems, and a training report maker. (Author).
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