Accession Number : ADA226132

Title :   Computer-Based Instruction Authoring Tools System (CATS): User's Manual.

Descriptive Note : Technical note Jan 89-Jun 90,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, Kirk ; Hulton, Vel N. ; Olson, Richard ; Durfee, Cliff ; Lyon, Mark

Report Date : JUL 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 235

Abstract : CATS materials can be delivered on Zenith 100 series microcomputers or IBM PC/XT/AT compatible microcomputers operating under MS-DOS (Microsoft disk operation system). Materials can be authored on these computers as well as on VAX and Sun computers operating under UNIX. Materials can be authored and compiled on one type of computer and delivered on another. Versions of the delivery software are available for computers with Z-100, CGA, EGA, Tecmar, and Visage graphics boards. The system provides drivers for a Microsoft compatible mouse, a Micro Touch touchscreen, and an Hitachi VIP9500 videodisc player. Additional drivers can be developed and added to the system at minimal cost. A series of storyboards controls the courseware. A storyboard is a block of test that specifies what the computer should display on a particular screen image, how it should react to student responses to that screen image, and anything else it should do while the screen image is being displayed. Storyboards can be written using any text editor that saves files in an unformatted ASCII text mode. Still graphics that can be captured by Dr. Halo can be developed with any graphics editor. Several commercially available editors can provide animation. No prompts or menus aid the author during lesson development. In fact, CATS is not active while the storyboards are being written. However, most commands consist of English words and are fairly easy to remember. Repetitive features of a lesson, ranging from parts of a storyboard to a series of several complete storyboards, can be readily copied from one part of the lesson to another or from special templates created by the author. (KR)

Descriptors :   *PROGRAMMING MANUALS, *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, COMPUTERS, COSTS, DELIVERY, DISKS, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, GRAPHICS, MATERIALS, MENU, MICE, MICROCOMPUTERS, OPERATION, RESPONSE, STUDENTS, TEMPLATES, TEST AND EVALUATION, TOOLS, TOUCH, USER MANUALS, WORDS(LANGUAGE).

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE