A computer-assisted rapid evaluation/feedback (CARE) system has been developed to provide instant feedback to the instructor and students. The system includes a portable microcomputer, feedback terminals and a printer (optional). Following display of the question by the instructor, the students choose the correct numbered answer on the terminal. The computer simultaneously polls all students, provides an instantaneous summary of results by question or student, and can store or print the results at any time. The equipment cost is reasonably low, class size is not limited, and paper use and grading time are essentially eliminated. A survey of 30 students in an introductory plant breeding class during March-May 1985 indirectly indicated that the system reduced student intimidation and improved overall instruction and learning.
computer-assisted feedback program, computers in the classroom