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This film was shot in California, and examines the implications of the development, of the silicon chip for the educational systems, not just of the USA, but for the industrialised nations in Aldwyn Cooper, the overall author of Block VI of the E200 Course, discusses with a number of American academics, including some who have moved from formal education to consultancy and commercial positions in the world of microprocessors, how these new developments could revolutionise our work, play, living and learning techniques.
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Module code and title: E200, Contemporary issues in education
Item code: E200; 14
First transmission date: 02-09-1981
Published: 1981
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Duration: 00:24:32
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Producer: Chris Cuthbertson
Contributors: Aldwyn Cooper; Greg Smith; David Merrill; Patrick Suppes; Bob Bird; Al Bork; Bernie Fradkin
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Artificial intelligence; C.A.I.; Computer Curriculum Corps; Evergreen Valley College; Lawrence Hall of Science; PLATO; TICCIT; Apple computers
Footage description: An interview with David Merrill, of Courseware Inc., opens the programme. He explains what he sees as the future role of computer- assisted instruction (CAI) in education. Interview with Patrick Suppes of Computer Curriculum Corps who stresses the benefits of the individualised instruction provided by educational computers. Shots of schoolchildren working at computer terminals, over which Aldwyn Cooper explains that the programme will consider current and future developments for CAI at all educational levels. Shots of children using terminals at a Californian elementary school. Interview with Bob Bird, headmaster at the school, who describes the effects of the computer on the role of the teacher. Interview with Greg Smith of Apple Computers who explains that CAI is even more useful in higher education. In interview Al Bork of the University of California describes the use of instructional computers in physics courses at the university. Brief shots of the Lawrence Hall of Science in California, then an interview with Director of Computing Arthur Leurhmann. He explains that most schools are slow to make full use of computers. Shots of a large office block, over which Cooper describes some recent attempts to market CAI systems in schools. In interview Merrill explains why large systems like TICCIT and PLATO have failed. Suppes describes the kind of combined hardware and software packages now being offered to schools. Merrill explains the advantages of micro-computers. Over a demonstration of a music lesson on a computer terminal, Cooper briefly describes the lengthy process involved in the production of interactive teaching packages. Interviews with Bernie Fradkin, Director of the Media Centre at Evergreen Valley College, and with Merrill to explain who will produce such packages in future. Suppes and then Merril describe their involvement in the preparation of teaching material. Shots of students working at computer terminals, then Smith describes the advantages of linking local micro-computers to a large computer. Suppes and Bork describe future developments in educational computers, such as the introduction of audio and links with video-discs. Further shots of students operating terminals. Merrill gives his views on machines with artificial intelligence. The programme ends with Suppes and Bork outlining their vision of long-term future developments in educational computers.
Master spool number: OU3443
Production number: FOUE024J
Videofinder number: 532
Available to public: no