STUDY HALL - Computer-Assisted Instruction version 4.0 has been released and is now available for immediate download at http://www.studyhall-cai.com . This course-authoring software package is totally free of charge and has been placed in the Public Domain.
"There are no licensing fees or copyright legalities to worry about," says McGinnis. "You only need to learn thirteen control characters to write tutorials. And STUDY HALL runs on any Windows or DOS-compatible computer in the world, even minimal ones."
Source code is included, so computer experts can make whatever changes in the program they may desire.
The big advantage of STUDY HALL is speed and simplicity of development, according to McGinnis.
"You don't need to worry about dozens of detailed instructions for one simple study file. Once you get the hang of it, you can write study files almost as fast as you can type the words."
"STUDY HALL includes a very powerful DOSCOMMAND function which allows you to open and run almost any file you can obtain or link to, with control provided from within the Study Hall system. Using this DOSCOMMAND function, STUDY HALL launches your Internet Explorer browser to run any file(s) you can find - graphics, audio, film clip, MIDI, multimedia, whatsoever. The browser runs in separate window(s). This feature allows you to use even the most complicated multimedia files, without sacrificing the simplicity of STUDY HALL itself," says McGinnis.
The entire Study Hall system is contained within one downloadable file located at
http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/study40.zip . This zipfile includes demonstrations, complete instructions, and a small course entitled "The Twenty-One Greatest Ideas In Human Relationships," written by Rev. Bill McGinnis, the Study Hall author.
The website http://www.studyhall-cai.com is a part of http://www.loveallpeople.org, which is a small private think tank located in Alexandria, VA. Its mission is to maximize the happiness and well-being of all people.