ERIC Number: ED392488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Project SYNERGY: Software Support for Underprepared Students. Year Four 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 deficient in basic skills entering colleges. Project SYNERGY I focused on reviewing and compiling a list of useful instructional software for basic skills remediation; Project SYNERGY II focused on software implementation; and Project SYNERGY III developed an integrated, adaptive, computerized management system. Twenty-two institutions in the United States and Canada, led by Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC), participated in reviewing and implementing computer software for community college students. The first section of this fourth year progress report summarizes the software review and development process as of April 1, 1995, indicating that 663 reviews of 364 different software packages had been conducted. Part 2 presents observations, syntheses, and case studies concerning software implementation in Project SYNERGY over the last 5 years, while part 3 describes the Project SYNERGY Integrator (PSI), an adaptive management system for software used in the project. Part 4 discusses a 7-year project begun in August 1994 to implement the SYNERGY model in Florida's community colleges, describing the goals and implementation plan. Finally, part 5 describes the need to provide universal access to instruction, specifically for students with disabilities. Appendixes include a cumulative directory of project participants, a list of software attributes and learning objectives, a list of software publishers and reviewed software packages, applications software descriptions, a job description for a software implementation director, a World Wide Web address. (TGI)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Computer Software Reviews, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Media, Educational Technology, High Risk Students, Partnerships in Education, Reading Instruction, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Div. of Educational Technologies.