SVIBOR - Project code: 5-11-121


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Project code: 5-11-121


Main researcher: DRAGOJLOVIĆ, PAVLE (10532)

Type of research: applied
Duration from: 04/30/91. to 12/31/94.

Papers on project (total): 66
Institution name: Pedagoški fakultet, Rijeka (9)
Department/Institute: Department of informatics
Address: Omladinska 14
City: 51000 - Rijeka, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)51 516-322 (int.50)
Fax: 385 (0)51 515-142

Summary: The failure of wider use of programmed education as standard form of Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) should be assigned to usual slowness in taking over inovations in educational process. It was tried to include computers in traditional programmes of education, what invoked resistance of teachers as well as students. While the programmes and other products created in english speaking countries are widely spreading, because they use standard words and abbreviations, the texts on programmed lessons on english are hard to translate, and they are not appropriate by their contents too. Programmed lessons are not able to satisfy students who are out of schools flooded with much better and interesting contents and media. New technologies in hardware and software areas promisse certain turnover in computer use from boaring tutor to knowledgable mentor. They are so new, as we've learned through our frequent international contacts, that their application is very rare. When the project where the inovations in the field of hypermedia had a distinguished role was suggested and accepted, we couldn't imagine how right we were when great and fast changes in hardware as well as in programme support are happening as we speak. We had to move on from Windows 3.0 to Windows 3.1, from 1.1 version of Toolbook to version 1.5, from Hypercard 2.1 first to Supercard, than to Hypercard 2.2. Although the financial support is getting lower; whole faculty comparing to others in Rijeka and Zagreb is the least equiped with the computers; we've managed to get a new graphical and video-card, sound-card (for PC/AT, 80386, 25 MH) and CD-ROM and additional 4 MByte RAM for Macintosh. This equipment mainly purchased with amount of 30.000 DEM, which was donated by Ministry way back in 1990, had to be made hypermedial. Additionally, we've forced to use nonlicenced software as Guide for Windows, HSCIA and AuthorwarePro, all for PC, in otder to keep pace with development of multimedia products. Comparing all these programmes in quality, use, price and complexity, we have estimated that the new version of Toolbook (v.1.5) is suitable for simple work, while the AuthorwarePro is very expencive and it would be more suitable with new versions of Microsoft products. Work on Macintosh is much easier, Supercard is excellent, we have not aquired the newest version of Hypercared yet, but what we've heard about it should be even better than the previous versions.

Keywords: computer, education, mentor, multimedia,hypermedia, transputer, World Wide Web

Research goals: By continuous monitoring of events in areas of information technologies we've established those fields which will greatly influence the CAL in next few years. The aims of new research in the field of CAL are to find the way to adjust the students to the needed way of thinking - accepting the computer as the universal aid in all activities from games to finding out knowledge and advice. Further more, there has to be found the most suitable programme product for teacher-users, which will lead them in analysing the lessons and exercises in the most simple way. At the end, the obvious increasing compatibility between TV-technology and computer should be used in multimedial purpose with new available resources (hardware and software). Applying the experience aquired by using VIDEODAT modem on Pro 7 TV station and Mosaic programme for Internet-WWW (already applied in our department), we're preparing organisation of electronic bulletin which should be edited by supervised students of informatics and could be distributed through BBS-es, and if there is any succes, even through WWW. The work on hardware definition of so-called Vademecum, what is more appropriate aname than PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), continues, and also assume the role of tutor, not only assistant working in world net.


  1. Name of institution: Ekonomski fakultet u Rijeci
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    Type of cooperation: Systematic exchange of experts
    City: 51000 - Rijeka, Croatia

  2. Name of institution: Fakulteta za elektrotehniko in računalništvo
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    Type of cooperation: Systematic exchange of information
    City: 61000 - Ljubljana, Slovenija

  3. Name of institution: MIPRO Rijeka
    Type of institution: Non-profit
    Type of cooperation: Systematic exchange of information
    City: 51000 - Rijeka, Croatia

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