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The purpose of this study was the design, development, and evaluation of a coordinated software-hardware system designed to provide instruction in the basic skills and knowledge required to successfully operate the IBM Selectric Composer. More specifically, the purpose was to develop a software packet designed around the LearningActivity Package concept, and to place these materials in a study carrel with all the necessary equipment including the IBM Composer. The study carrel (hardware), the Learning Activity Packages (software), and the IBM Composer (three dimensional activities) were coordinated into a total instructional system. An instructional system of this nature was desired because there was a need to increase student exposure to the IBM Composer, while at the same time keeping individualized instructor contact time at a minimum.

Specific behavioral objectives selected for the system were:

1. Upon completion of LAP I, the student will be able to choose a given type element, properly adjust the Composer for use with that element, and will be able to show, if asked, a working knowledge of the leading dial, lock lever, escapement lever, margin sets, and impression control.

2. Upon completion of LAP II the student will be able to successfully complete an activity requiring him to demonstrate a working knowledge of the paper release, the paper bail, the index key, the paper support, carrier, tab controls, backspace keys, zero index lever, ribbon lift control, and space bar. The student will also be able to properly utilize the hyphen, dash, quotation marks, and cent sign, through completion of lab exercises.

3. Upon completion of LAP III, the student will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a post-test, a working knowledge of the quantity dial, the value dial, the justification tube, the justification window, the removable scale, and the pica-point system of measurement. Given a paragraph of written information, the student will be able to reproduce the copy with any given type element, using flush left and right margins.

4. Upon completion of LAP IV, the student will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a post-test, use of the fixed space method of justification and centering. He will also be required to produce copy that is properly centered, both vertically and horizontally.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Arts and Technology

First Advisor

Alvin Rudisill


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