ERIC Number: ED099083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Innovative Approaches to Adult Basic Education in the Continuing Education Division of Canadore College, North Bay.
Dudgeon, Paul J.
The Continuing Education Division of Canadore College has implemented an individualized learning systems approach to instruction in their Adult Basic Education program. Since most adult students are dropouts or failures from traditional learning situations, a system was developed which utilizes educational technology to obtain better learning outcomes. Performance objectives define exactly what the student must perform, describe the conditions for performance, and provide the standard of acceptable performance. Objectives are either purchased or designed by the faculty, and are often used in combination. The important key to individualization is the use of cognitive style mapping which gives a picture of how each student perceives, seeks meaning, and obtains information from his environment and personal experience. Through cognitive style mapping, students are routed to educational programs that are built on their cognitive style strengths. To evaluate student progress, continuous spot checking through a computer based, criterion-referenced longitudinal testing program is used. This Comprehensive Achievement Monitoring model, primarily a management tool for the instructor, will provide pretest, posttest, trend and learning retention data as well as an automatic system for validating objectives. (MJK)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Style, Competency Based Education, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Technology, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Programed Instruction, Systems Analysis, Systems Approach, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadore Coll., North Bay (Ontario).
Note: Reprint from B.T.S.D. Review; v11n2 p17-33 Nov 1973