ERIC Number: ED464603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Instructional Philosophy and Strategic Direction of the PLATO System. Technical Paper.
This Technical Paper focuses on the instructional philosophy and strategic direction of the PLATO[R] system. The paper examines current directions of change in education and training, and proposes a number of instructional purposes which computer technology can serve, including: direction instruction for declarative knowledge; a range of coached instructional simulations for well- to moderately-structured problem-solving; automated tools and resources, including the Internet, for loosely-structured problem-solving; and advanced assessment and instructional management systems to support a fully individualized, learner-centered approach to teaching and learning. The paper then summarizes the strategic direction of the PLATO computer-based system's evolution and explains how key features of the system specifically support the "information age" models of teaching and learning. Key features include: problem-centered architecture; sound instructional philosophy implemented consistently; whole curricula for adults and young adults, with emphasis on work and life contexts; flexible, modular structure incorporating a range of software types, such as coached instructional simulation, tools and resources, direct tutorial instruction, and practice; individualized competency-based placement, progress checking, and portfolio assessment for high accountability; instructional management system capable of flexible but close integration of all components to give instructors the leverage needed to manage a complex of individual learning plans; and "just in time" delivery via the Internet, local area networks, or stand-alone work stations located anywhere. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Educational Development, Educational Philosophy, Educational Technology, Information Systems, Learner Controlled Instruction, Teaching Models
For full text: http://www.plato.com/whitepapers.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: PLATO Learning, Inc. was formerly TRO Learning, Inc., Edina, MN.