Computer – Assisted Instruction short name CAI
“Computers offer the possibility of truly individualized instruction.” by Donal Bitzer
In 1960, Donald Bitzer was concerned about the number of illiterate students coming out of schools. When a professor posed a simple question in class one day about the use of computers for teaching, Bitzer took up the task. He designed one of the learning systems specifically for computers which used graphics and touch-sensitive screens. Dubbed “Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operation,” or PLATO, for short, it was ideal medium for teaching as well as for games and social networking. Along with an associated computer language known as TUTOR, it allowed simultaneous teaching to a great many users at the same time. As if the creation of computer-assisted learning were not enough, Bitzer also coin vented the plasma screen panel in 1971 for which they won an Emmy Award for technical achievements in 2002.
Computer Assisted Instruction-
Use of computer in education is referred by many names such as
• Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI)
• Computer Aided Instruction (CAI)
• Computer Assisted Learning (CAL)
• Computer Based Education (CBE)
• Computer Based Instruction (CBI)
• Computer Enriched Instruction (CEI)
• Computer Managed Instruction (CMI)
• Web Based Training
• Web Based Learning
• Web Based Instruction
A self-learning technique, usually offline/online, involving interaction of the student with programmed instructional materials. Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) is an interactive instructional technique whereby a computer is used to present the instructional material and monitor the learning that takes place.