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Authoring software in special education

IFIP Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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  • Computer Science
  • Education


The limited quantity and quality of existing software (courseware) restricts the use of computers in todays special educational environments. Special educators are often reluctant to become involved with the development of new courseware because of the high costs associated with courseware development. Therefore in this paper we are focussing on procedures for the development of Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI) lessons. Three primary techniques to help authors produce CAI lessons are the use of traditional programming languages, authoring languages, and authoring systems. These techniques are defined and compared. For our study we concentrated on those authoring systems which require no programming from the user and which provide a courseware generator for special teachers to enter their own content. These authoring systems can be divided into three categories according to the type of CAI lesson they support. Criteria are also given for selecting between the authoring systems.Full Text at Springer, may require registration or fee

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