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Development and Experimental Evaluation of an Automated Multi-Media Course on Transistors

Report Number: AMRL TR 66-142
Author: Whitted, J. H.
Author: Weaver, Edward E.
Author: Foley, John P.
Corporate Author: RCA Service Company
Laboratory: Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1966-09
Pages: 116
Contract: AF 33(615)-2880
Project: 1710
Task: 171007
AD Number: AD0646671

A completely automated multi-media self-study program for teaching a portion of electronic solid-state fundamentals was developed. The subject matter areas included were fundamental theory of transistors, transistor amplifier fundamentals, and simple mathematical analysis of transistors including equivalent circuits, parameters, and characteristic curves. The media included a tape slide audio-visual presentations, a programmed text, a cued text, a sound movie, a workbook, an a RCA transistor trainer. A controlled experiment was conducted, comparing the effectiveness of the self-sufficient multi-media materials, with a conventional instructor/classroom presentation and existing self-study materials from Air Force Extension Course Institute. Even though the instructor/classroom subjects received somewhat higher ratio gain scores, on the average, than the multi-media subjects, this difference was not significant. Both of these modes were superior in effectiveness to the extension course materials. The principal measures of this effectiveness were a pre-test and a post-test made up of multiple choice items concerning the solid state theory covered.

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