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Guides, the College Board's software for developmental students, was leased by Western Oklahoma State College (WOSC) in spring 1993 in the hopes that it would enable the college to implement a remedial program independent of the classroom. Because of funding considerations, the Learning Resources Center (LRC) and the Communications Division had originally agreed to share the responsibility and funding for the computer-assisted remedial English courses. Subsequently, however, the State Regents agreed to assess an additional $13 per hour fee for junior college developmental courses, and the $2,000 lease amount for Guides was paid from this Developmental Studies fund. Though the assumption was that Guides could be used on a stand-alone basis, its first use was as a supplemental part of a regular classroom course. Based on experience with the use of the software, student end-of-term comments, and visits to college learning centers in Oklahoma and Texas, it became clear that Guides would not work very well except in a directed environment. Students indicated that Guides was helpful, but that they needed the textbook, chapter quizzes, paragraph writing assignments, along with Guides. The use of Guides also required the instructor to act as the management system for guides to keep records of student participation and performance. The same approach is being used with the College Reading course. In both contexts, computer-assisted instruction provides supplemental exercises including drill and practice that cannot be provided in class and affords students the opportunity to experience computers in a user-friendly environment before entering college courses requiring computer and data processing expertise. (KP)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, English Instruction, Reading Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Two Year Colleges, Word Processing

Author: Perry, Pauline; Ford, Christine

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9895&id=ED376885

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