Accession Number : AD0710815

Title :   SIMON - A SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONAL MONITOR.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Feurzeig,Wallace ; Wexelblat,Paul M. ; Rosenberg,Ronald C.

Report Date : 01 AUG 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : An instructional monitor is a program which tries to detect, diagnose, and possibly help overcome a student's learning difficulties in the course of solving a problem or performing a task. In one approach to building an instructional monitor, the student uses a special task-or problem-oriented language expressly desgned around some particular class of problems. Correspondingly, the diagnostic programs in this 'special purpose' type of monitor system often utilize information that is specific to the kind of problem being studied. In the SIMON system an experimental approach of a different kind was taken. The student addresses SIMON in an easy and very general programming language rather than a special task language. Using SIMON, students construct programs for systems or processes which can represent vastly different situations whether from mathematics, biology, physics, engineering, or elsewhere. The student tests his program against a 'true' program provided to SIMON by an instructor. At the student's request, SIMON tests his program against its 'true' model to determine if it works. If not, SIMON points out cases where the program fails and, if requested, informs the student which variables he has chosen that are inappropriate to the process. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, MONITORS), (*TEACHING METHODS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS), PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, STUDENTS, PROBLEM SOLVING

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE