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Volume 13, Number 6
November/December 1997

Integrated Learning Systems Update


Among the most common uses of educational technology is the integrated learning system (ILS). Used in a number of schools, especially those serving large numbers of poor children, ILSs present groups of students with computerized lessons in basic skills, such as reading, mathematics, and writing. Students work through the lessons, which are stored on a central computer, at their own pace, and the specialized ILS software keeps track of their responses, providing individual students with immediate feedback about whether their answers were right or wrong, and giving teachers a computer-generated report on each student's progress.

Though the ILS is often criticized as an "electronic worksheet" that focuses on drill-and-practice exercises, many schools use this technology, especially with disadvantaged or low-achieving students, in an effort to boost standardized test scores and improve basic skills.

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For Further Information

For Further Information

H. J. Becker. "Mindless or Mindful Use of Integrated Learning Systems." International Journal of Educational Research 21, no. 1 (1994): 65-79.

H. J. Becker and N. Hativa. "Integrated Learning Systems: Problems and Potential Benefits." International Journal of Educational Research 21, no. 1 (1994): 113-119.

N. Hativa. "What You Design Is Not What You Get (WYDINWYG): Cognitive, Affective, and Social Impacts of Learning With ILS—An Integration of Findings from Six-Years of Qualitative and Quantitative Studies." International Journal of Educational Research 21, no. 1 (1994): 81-95.