Cover: MODIA


Vol. 3, Operation and Design of the User Interface

Published 1977

by P. Carpenter-Huffman, Misako C. Fujisaki, Raymond A. Pyles

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This report contains instructions for the operation of the User Interface component of MODIA (a Method of Instructional Alternatives), a system developed to help Air Training Command plan technical courses. The User Interface computer program acts as a knowledgeable assistant to course planners by eliciting their judgments about how the course should be designed. Specifically, it asks for the course objectives, teaching policy, resource characteristics, and anticipated student characteristics. The user enters these data step by step in response to questions from the computer. The program collates the information and displays the course design in a variety of formats at intermediate steps to assist planners in analysis of the design and in preparing inputs for analysis by the cost model. The program also produces a comprehensive, internally consistent description in computer-compatible form for input to the Resource Utilization Model, which analyzes the course operation. The program is described in detail in an appendix. An overview of MODIA is given in R-1700.

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