Leadership

Computer-Aided Instruction: It Has a Place in the Fire Service

Issue 8 and Volume 135.

Computer-Aided Instruction: It Has a Place in the Fire Service features As we strive to get the most for our fire service dollar, it seems only sensible that we should take advantage of the same technology that has been responsible for developing modern industry-the computer. More specifically, the microcomputer. It has become small enough for a desk top, inexpensive enough for the smallest fire department, and powerful enough for any training division. Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) has been used in industry and schools for years. Educators in these fields realized that some types of learning and repetitious classroom drills can best be directed by computers, allowing human instructors to concentrate their efforts toward hands-on skills and higher-level instruction. What’s so special? But what is so special about computer-assisted instruction? What makes it more useful over other instructional methods? Research shows that adults learn best when they want to learn, when they…

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