ERIC Number: ED096957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Application and Evaluation of PLATO IV in AF Technical Training.
Mockovak, William P.; And Others
The Air Force has been plagued with the rising cost of technical training and has increasingly turned to computer-assisted instruction (CAI) for better cost effectiveness. Toward this aim a trial of PLATO IV, a CAI system utilizing a graphic display and centered at the University of Illinois, was initiated at the Chanute and Sheppard training bases. At Chanute the trial is based on the development and use of materials for the Special Purpose Vehicle Maintenance Course. One lesson involves use of a battery hydrometer. A secondary program PIRL (PLATO Indicated Reading Level) is being used to determine the reading difficulty of developed materials. At Sheppard PLATO IV is being tested on a Physician Assistant program, initially on those aspects of the program dealing with respiratory problems. The PLATO IV program is expected to depart from the old course in its emphasis on a problem oriented curricula where the trainee repeatedly solves medical problems with the computer as a tutor. These trials of PLATO IV are still in progress, but it is hoped that these innovations will offer the potential for more cost effective technical training. (WH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lowry AFB, CO. Technical Training Div.