ERIC Number: ED214549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
PLATO in the Community College: Students, Faculty and Administrators Speak Out.
Smith, Janet D.; And Others
In the summer of 1979, Cuyahoga Community College (CCC) introduced the PLATO computer-based individualized instruction system as a supplemental teaching tool in remedial English and mathematics courses. As part of a comprehensive evaluation of the system, surveys of the attitudes of students, faculty, and administrators towards PLATO were conducted to obtain information to maximize student interaction with PLATO and student improvement in basic skills. Results of the pre- and post-course survey of 92 students in three developmental education classes indicated that students preferred PLATO to having a regular teacher; that they believed PLATO should be a component of regular classes; that the individualized instruction was helpful; and that tutorial assistance should be provided at the Learning Center. Responses to a questionnaire mailed to 95 administrators, faculty, and staff stressed the utility of PLATO as a system which allows instructors to select lessons that relate to individual or group weaknesses; the need for faculty and administrators to familiarize themselves with PLATO; and the system's disadvantages in terms of costs and possible breakdowns. Recommendations for possible directions for continued use of PLATO at CCC focused on developing faculty interest in the system, motivating students, student assessment, physical expansion, and evaluation. Questionnaires and an outline of the total evaluation design are appended. (HB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Basic Skills, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Remedial Instruction, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cuyahoga Community College OH; PLATO
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).