ERIC Number: ED150638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
PIC--A Self-Paced Practical Communications Program for Technical/Vocational Students.
Blicq, Ronald S.
The Practical Industrial Communication (PIC) program is a form of individualized instruction that teaches communication skills to students in vocational/technical curricula at Red River Community College, Winnipeg, Manitoba. A placement test determines whether students begin with all or part of a ten-hour writing skills review or proceed directly to the core area of the program. Following the completion of the core instructional units, students select as many topics from a set of optional units as their individualized programs allow. The main advantages of the PIC program are that students receive instruction in a variety of job-oriented topics to help them before and during employment and that students can experience more learning situations in less time and in less physical space than before. The program's disadvantages are that cost, class size, and instructors' workloads have increased, and that some students are unable to accept the responsibilities of independent study. Evidence of the program's success includes a significantly higher course completion rate. (A course outline of the PIC program is attached.) (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (67th, New York City, November 24-26, 1977)