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1. Reduced learning time
2. Reduced cost
3. Instructional consistency
4. Privacy
5. Mastery of learning
6. Increased retention
7. Increased safety
8. Increased motivation
9. Increased access
10. Learners enjoy interactive learning


1. Reduced learning time

More than 30 studies compiled to date have found tat interactive technologies reduce learning time requirements by an average of 50 percent. This time reduction can be attributed to a variety of factors:

2. Reduced cost

The primary costs of interactive instruction lie in design and production- not replication, distribution, and delivery. Thus, the cost-per-student is reduced as more students use the same program. With traditional instructional methods, the costs of instruction lie primarily in the delivery (i.e., teacher salaries, overhead, etc.) and remain constant or even increase as more students place greater demands on fixed resources.

A typical cost-per-student break-even point for a custom interactive program might occur when 100 to 200 students use a program. Beyond that number, savings build dramatically.

In one example, Federal Express expects to save more than 100 million by using interactive systems for employee training.

3. Instructional consistency

Technology-based instructional systems do not have bad days or tire at the end of a long day. Instruction is delivered in a consistently reliable fashion that does not vary in quality from class to class or from school to school.

4. Privacy

With one-on-one systems, students are free to ask questions and explore areas that might cause embarrassment in group situations. Also, because instructional systems never lose patience, they encourage learners to persist in asking questions and in reviewing materials until real mastery is achieved or natural curiosity is appeased.

In one example, an interactive program called Teen Scope allows teenagers to prepare for the transition to living on their own. It includes such topics as finding a job, pregnancy and parenting, sexuality, building self-esteem, what to do with a paycheck, and feelings about families- topics that are difficult to explore openly in large group situations.

5. Mastery of learning

Unlike a normal classroom situation, an interactive system will not move on to new material until current material is mastered. This insures that students have strong foundations for continued learning.

In one example, at-risk students in Everett, Washington achieved a 53-point gain (from 38 percent pre-test scores to 91 percent post-test scores) using interactive mathematics instruction from Systems Impact. Similarly, remedial and Chapter One students in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania achieved 300 percent improvement, jumping from 21 percent pre-test scores to 88 percent post-test scores using the same program.

6. Increased retention

The process of interaction with material being studied provides a strong learning reinforcement that significantly increases content retention over time.

In a typical example, Spectrum Interactive (a division of National Education Corporation) reported more than 25 percent improvement in retention with interactive video courses.

7. Increased safety

With interactive systems, students can explore potentially dangerous subjects without risk. These dangers might be in academic areas (chemistry explosions, burns) or social areas (drugs, sexually-transmitted diseases, pregnancy).

In one example, the Target system allows students to learn about drugs and alcohol and consequences of substance abuse without the dangers of experimentation (Monitor 6/88 p1). In another example, a course on basic electronics and maintenance allows the student to accidentally touch the wrong parts without risking electrocution.

8. Increased motivation

Interactive systems provide a level of responsive feedback and individual involvement that has proven to be highly motivating in both individual and classroom learning environments. Further, interactive systems focus attention, reducing the potential for distraction of disruptive classroom behavior.

9. Increased access

Interactive systems can provide greater and more equal access to quality education. Systems can deliver peripheral subjects in schools where student populations are insufficient to support full-time teachers for such subjects or where qualified teachers are unavailable.

Furthermore, interactive systems can be used to simulate laboratory equipments that typically would be too expensive to make available to students.

In one example, the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium offers a videodisc on basic economics (Monitor 4/84 p5), a course that many smaller high school in the state are unable to offer for lack of teachers. In another example, a basic chemistry laboratory course using interactive video allows students to explore such areas as gas spectrography, using simulations of equipment that would otherwise cost tens of thousands of dollars.

10. Learners enjoy interactive learning

Interactive systems allow learners to take greater control of- and hence, responsibility for- their own learning process. As they discover new areas of interest and accomplishment, they become seekers of knowledge, not just recipients of instruction. In essence, interactive systems allow students to learn how to learn- both a skill and an appreciation that will serve them throughout their lives.

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