The Evolution of Computer-based Tutorials Towards Web Delivery

Charlotte Brack, Kristine Elliott, Graham Parslow, Bruce Livett


The Biochemistry Department at Melbourne University has been committed to the use of computer aided learning (CAL) since the early 1980s. Limitations of early modules written in the department were increasingly apparent, as computer technology became more versatile and sophisticated. However, these modules represented considerable investment of time in academic content, multiple choice question formulation and graphic production, and in an environment of reducing resources and increasing demands, preservation of this investment was important. We explored the possibilities of salvaging the value of our early CAL modules and presenting the content to students in a more accessible format. This paper outlines our approach to preserving the academic content and increasing the versatility of early DOS based CAL modules by converting them to Windows based and web deliverable formats.

Full Text: