ERIC Number: ED122900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-19
Reference Count: N/A
PLATO Evaluation Report--Summary of Community College Usage for Fall 1975.
Avner, R. A.; Avner, E.
This report summarizes the characteristics and opinions of instructors participating in the National Science Foundation's community college field test of PLATO IV, a computer-based teaching system developed at the University of Illinois. The report is based on instructor's responses to a questionnaire distributed to 106 PLATO IV users in five subject areas. The following data are examined: (1) general characteristics of the instructors who used PLATO IV, including subject area taught, whether they held tenure, and average number of years of teaching experience; (2) the extent of their experience with PLATO IV, including the number of students whom they exposed to PLATO IV, and the average number of hours of exposure of each; (3) the ratings that the instructors gave to lesson difficulty and quality for each of the subject areas; (4) the effect of instructor training courses on actual teaching with PLATO IV, as measured by the extent to which instructors reviewed lessons prior to student use; (5) general attitudes toward PLATO IV, as inferred from interview data. Data in this report indicate that instructors are generally quite positive in their attitudes toward PLATO IV and toward the materials avaialble through this medium. Specific survey results are displayed in table form. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Computer-Based Education Research Lab.