Barriers to the Use of Computer Assisted Learning

Jones, Ann and O'Shea, Tim (1982). Barriers to the Use of Computer Assisted Learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 13(3) pp. 207–217.



This paper summarizes the results of a recent evaluation study on the use of computer assisted learning at the Open University. Our main finding is that students have a realistic view of the educational benefits of computer assisted learning and also of the practical problems associated with its use. These include: physical access, a variety of user interface standards and frustrating computer experiences leading to a fear of its use. We conclude by making some recommendations which would allow computer assisted learning to achieve its potential in the Open University and in distance learning generally

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