ERIC Number: ED368420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A New Direction for Developmental Education Using Technology.
In January 1990, project SYNERGY was launched by 19 two-year colleges and 3 four-year colleges coordinated by Miami-Dade Community College, in Florida, with support from IBM and Title III funds. The project was designed to review and compile lists of useful instructional software for basic skill remediation and develop an integrated, adaptive, computerized management system. Under the project, faculty across the nation have reviewed 298 software packages to date in reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, and study skills. This data is being used to develop the Project SYNERGY Integrator (PSI), an adaptive management system using Novell Netware. PSI provides standard faculty and student interfaces incorporating learning objectives, mastery test questions, and installation options to include multi-vendor software for assessment and instruction. Specific modules of the PSI include the PSI Access Module (PAM) in which students receive curriculum plans created from results on placement and diagnostic tests; the PSI Command Module (PCM) allowing faculty to select tests, add or delete students in his/her courses, and access student records and curriculum plans; and the Software Connectivity Module which communicates between various software programs. The PAM and PCM also feature e-mail communication between faculty and students. To maximize the PSI's benefits, institutions should provide appropriate faculty development activities; make an ongoing commitment to research in the use and production of software; and reexamine the physical, social, and cultural aspects of the institutional environment. (KP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Networks, Computer Software Development, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer System Design, Cooperative Programs, Educational Assessment, Management Information Systems, Program Development, Remedial Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project SYNERGY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (74th, Washington, DC, April 6-9, 1994).