ERIC Number: ED345804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Project SYNERGY: Software Support for Underprepared Students. Year Two Report.
Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Div. of Educational Technologies.
With funds from the International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, Project SYNERGY was launched in January 1990 to address the problem of students entering colleges underprepared in basic skills and to make use of the tremendous potential for significant remediation through computers. Twenty-two institutions in the United States and Canada, led by Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC), participated in reviewing and implementing computer software for community college students. This Year Two Report of the project is presented in three parts. Following introductory comments by Kamala Anandam, in part I Lorne Kotler summarizes the results of the software review process, undertaken by faculty in the participating institutions, which included 255 reviews of 172 different software packages. This section contains 22 tables detailing ratings of individual software programs for reading, writing, and mathematics. Part II, introduced by Victor Nwankwo, provides six software implementation case studies conducted by faculty at M-DCC, including: (1) "Use of PLATO [Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations] for Reading," by Daisy Walker; (2) "Use of CSR [Computer Systems Research, Inc.] for Reading," by Gabriel Read; (3) Use of PLATO for Writing," by William Tillett; (4) "Use of CSR for Writing," by Elaine Ludovici; (5) "Use of Realtime Writer for Writing," by Elena Perez; and (6) "Use of PLATO for Math," by William Hajdukiewicz. Finally, part III presents an overview of future plans for four follow-up projects, and for Project SYNERGY II. Appendixes include lists of software attributes, reading, writing, and mathematics objectives, and software publishers; and descriptions of the electronic classroom and applications software. (JSP)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Basic Writing, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Software Reviews, Courseware, Educational Technology, High Risk Students, Program Implementation, Programed Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Div. of Educational Technologies.