ERIC Number: ED266265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
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Making Technology Work in Adult Education: PLATO Computer-Managed Learning at the Alberta Vocational Centre, Edmonton.
Fahy, Patrick J.
Because of the increasingly diversified population and needs of adult students at the Alberta Vocational Centre, a more flexible and responsible learning environment was needed. A brief effort using PLATO hardware and Basic Skills courseware for grades 3-8, and then for high school equivalency programs, was successful. However, it would have been too cumbersome and expensive for long-term, widespread use, because of the large amount of hardware that would have been required, and the necessity for teachers to make radical changes in their teaching styles. In 1983, efforts began to develop computer-managed learning (CML) by converting an existing basic mathematics course to computer management using PLATO Learning Management (PLM). PLM is an author system that permits development of tests and drills by non-programmers. Once developed, PLM-based materials incorporate PLATO's extensive recordkeeping capabilities with high reliability, graphics, and telecommunications. Results of this project indicated that students whose achievement had been minimal under conventional teacher-directed learning conditions could improve their learning, and could cope successfully--even happily--with computer management. Becasue of the success of the CML venture, a project to use it in the nursing assistant program at Alberta Vocational Centre will be implemented in September of 1986. CML is an application of technology with powerful potential to reorganize the learning environment and the learning experience for both students and teachers; it reorganizes the learning experience without completely changing the teaching experience. With CML, both teachers and students can be shown and can experience the liberating power of this technology. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, High School Equivalency Programs, Microcomputers, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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