The FSSI was
first available on computer in 1984.
The format used was BASIC language in a DOS format. This meant that the FSSI could be completed,
scored, and results printed on the computer.
At that time, personal computers were limited to 64K memory, so big
floppy diskettes had to be used to load the program. Looking back to 1984 brings up images of the most advanced
technology available. Wow, 64K memory! But the real Wow was that the computer
version of the FSSI had a remarkable shelf life of 16 years. That is probably
some sort of record in the history of computer software.
To celebrate the
new millenium the Functional Skills Screening Inventory was programmed for
Windows. Truth of the matter is, with the current technology the FSSI was out
of date. Not the content, but the
technology of the FSSI was out of date.
New personal computers use 64K as a start up screen. Bells and whistles
have advanced to the point that on some customer’s computers the FSSI could not
even be run. There are LANs and CDs and
graphical interfaces not even dreamed about in 1984.
So what does the
new FSSI do? First of all, it runs
faster and more efficient. Secondly, it
is possible to do single subscales rather than the entire FSSI, which users
made clear was a priority for their particular needs. Now it is possible to complete the “Work Skills and Concepts”
section alone (or any other subscale), without completing the other parts of
the FSSI. This gives the FSSI greater
use among program staff than previously.
It also allows the FSSI to be used in research which many users said was
a major need.
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