ERIC Number: ED218940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Indiana Routing System: A PLATO Curricular Tool for Teachers.
Haugh, Rita; And Others
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n1 p139-44 Spr 1981
A new curricular router created to be more flexible, more user-oriented, and use less computer memory was developed in 1979. Although initially called the "Indiana Routing System" (TIRS), it has been renamed the "Indiana Manager of PLATO-Assisted Curricula." This new router permits any mixture of the instructional strategies of topic sequences, free indexes, and criterion-based instruction. In using the router, instructors proceed through the following tasks: choosing the topics, ordering them, deciding whether topics are elective or required, specifying the number of questions to be given on the pretest and posttest, establishing the passing score on the pretest, assigning the computer assisted curriculum to students, and examining student performance data. It is possible to develop a different curriculum for each student or for small groups of students. Curricular applications of the router in Indiana University's English Department have so far been confined to sections of special basic English skills composition classes, in which it complements and often supplements classroom activities or provides additional exercise in prerequisite skills. A similar application is found in the university's Learning and Study Skills Center, which provides short classes and tutorial help to develop student classroom and study skills such as notetaking, reading, and writing. All nine class sections of the journalism class, Writing for Mass Media, are using the routing system, which also can be used by instructors of any subject. (SW)
Descriptors: College English, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Curriculum Design, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Journalism Education, Student Needs, Study Skills, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
Not available separately, see FL 012 990.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.