ERIC Number: ED124133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Advances in Computer-Based Education: A Progress Report on the PLATO Program.
Alpert, D.; Bitzer, Donald L.
Initiated in 1959, Project PLATO has attempted to identify and promote technical innovations that improve computer based education and make it economically viable. Three successive systems (PLATO I, II, and III) displayed the potential of the computer to deliver high quality instruction, including programs emphasizing student autonomy and encouraging the development of inquiry and critical thinking skills. The aim of PLATO IV is to take advantage of technical advancements and economies of scale to produce computer-assisted instruction at $.35 per student contact hour, a much more economical figure than existing instructional costs. This report discusses the educational advantages of each of the PLATO systems, and it emphasizes the possible economic savings that will be demonstrated in PLATO IV. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joint Services Electronics Program, Fort Monmouth, NJ.; Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Computer-Based Education Research Lab.