ERIC Number: ED087427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Computers Help 2000 Students Self-Pace Their Learning.
Lorber, Michael A.
Illinois State University operates a self-paced, competency-based teacher education program known as the Professional Sequence. It is based on the General Model of Instruction used at other universities and is organized around a series of self-instructional packages. Student progress is charted by a set of computer programs called the Surveillance System which provides daily and weekly feedback. These programs also report grades and registration information and provide data to assist faculty in evaluating and modifying the instructional packages. Students are also able to use the Pyramid System to work with audio tapes and tape-slide sequences; the system tracks program utilization and its 12k Nova control unit can process computer-assisted instructional programs. The self-pacing of programs by 2000 students is made possible by extensive use of computers. To the extent that allowing students to set their learning rates and select from a number of instructional modes humanizes education, computers enable the Professional Sequence to make learning more efficient and humane. (Author)
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Competency Based Teacher Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Feedback, Higher Education, Humanization, Independent Study, Individualized Programs, Learning Modules, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Teacher Education, Teaching Machines
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Coll. of Education.