Describes computer-aided instruction (CAI) as a potential way of reducing Air Force training costs: (1) it could decrease the number of instructors needed; (2) it would provide a method of individualized instruction that may prove more useful than present group instruction; and (3) in the long run, it might cut equipment costs. CAI includes the facility to display pictures as well as text on a cathode ray tube, but current CAI systems have limitations. As described in this report, it appears that several of these limitations could be eliminated using RAND's Programmer Oriented Graphics Operation, which was used in the design, implementation, and testing of a course described here called Computer-Aided Training in Troubleshooting for training airmen in malfunction diagnoses. An Air Force instructor who tested this system found the problem-creation, -insertion, and -execution facilities easy to use.
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