Developing a Computer Game/Job Simulation to Teach Functional Literacy Skills


  • Gretchen N. Vik


"An army project under contract to the University of Maryland’s University College Center for Instructional Development and Evaluation has developed integrated videodisc/microcomputer instruction in functional literacy skills (math and reading). Over several years, numerous lessons were built into story lines (scenarios) based on required job skills. These scenarios included tests and evaluation and some computer games. Other games were part of the lessons. The project used state-of-the-art hardware and the best available information on instructional design for an adult audience. The team approach combined instructional designers, writers, subject matter experts, computer programmers, and systems designers. "