McGraw-Hill Science & Technology Dictionary:

computer-assisted instruction

(kəm′pyüd·ər ə′sis·təd in′strək·shən)

(computer science) The use of computers to present drills, practice exercises, and tutorial sequences to the student, and sometimes to engage the student in a dialog about the substance of the instruction. Abbreviated CAI. Also known as computer-aided instruction; computer-assisted learning (CAL).

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia:

computer-assisted instruction


Use of instructional material presented by a computer. Since the advent of microcomputers in the 1970s, computer use in schools has become widespread, from primary schools through the university level and in some preschool programs. Instructional computers either present information or fill a tutorial role, testing the student for comprehension. By providing one-on-one interaction and producing immediate responses to input answers, computers allow students to demonstrate mastery and learn new material at their own pace. A disadvantage is that computerized instruction cannot extend the lesson beyond the limits of the programming.

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(1) (Computer-Assisted Instruction) See CBT.

(2) See CA.

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