ERIC Number: ED373157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Learn at Home: A Philadelphia Distance Learning Project. Program Year 1992-1993. Final Report.
The Power Learning Project was a pilot test of the potential of home-based computer-assisted instruction (CAI) for adults with intermediate reading skills and adult nonnative speakers of English. Project development was made possible by a partnership involving public, private, and community-based organizations in Philadelphia. Online services were purchased from IMSATT Corporation, which sells access to the CYBIS integrated learning system (formerly known as Plato software). Each of eight test sites assigned one teacher to work with specially selected students who agreed to spend at least 6 hours weekly on computers placed in their homes. Teacher training and technology-related technical support services were provided by Drexel University's Office of Computing Services on a subcontract basis. A third-party evaluator confirmed that provision of CAI in the home was a likely factor in the achievement gains of some learners at certain test sites. It was recommended that the program be improved by providing more teacher training, better assessment/evaluation procedures, and higher-quality software. (Appendixes constituting approximately 75% of this document contain the following: postproject teacher interviews; project evaluation/data collection forms, correspondence, and agreements/contracts; teacher training materials; teacher logs; learner logs; electronic communications between participants; and examples of CYBIS usage data.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Reading Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Demonstration Programs, Distance Education, English (Second Language), Home Study, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, Partnerships in Education, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Records (Forms), School Business Relationship, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Literacy, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)