ERIC Number: ED464601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview of the Research Base of PLATO. Technical Paper.
Professional educators demand that their methods and instructional resources be soundly based on research and theory. From its origins nearly 40 years ago, the PLATO[R] system has built the largest base of basic research on computer-based learning in the field. Beginning with research funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted at the University of Illinois and collaborating institutions, nearly 900 references on the PLATO[R] system are listed in the ERIC educational research database. This paper summarizes the research base of PLATO[R] Learning's instructional software, and describes the theoretical grounding of the curricula in the theory of reading, mathematics, and instructional design. It describes the PLATO[R] independent evaluation program and summarizes effectiveness studies performed as part of the ongoing program. PLATO[R]'s instructional design standards are described with nine tables, covering the areas of general design; standards for content/information; comparison of direct instructional models; standards for tutorials; standards for application practice; standards for problem solving activities and simulations; standards for information software; standards for tool software; and standards for tests. (Contains 77 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Courseware, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Educational Theories, Elementary Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Instruction, Reading Instruction, Standards, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.plato.com/whitepapers.asp.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.