ERIC Number: ED464606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Models: Four Ways To Integrate PLATO into the Curriculum. Technical Paper.
Any educational technology is only as good as the way it is used for learning. There are many different instructional models using many different types of software, and not all models are equally effective in meeting users' needs. This Technical Paper begins with an overview of ways computer technologies can be used in instruction, and groups them according to the role they play in instruction, as supplementary, complementary, and primary. Then four "generic" instructional models for PLATO[R] are presented: Review/Reinforcement (supplementary: software that adds little or no new content and parallels teaching already done in other modes); Enrichment/Exploration (complementary: software that adds new content to the curriculum, often in ways for which there is no non-computer alterative); Problem-Centered (complementary); and Skill Development System (primary: software that acts as the main source of initial teaching, as a replacement for non-electronic modes of instruction, often as a way of enabling the instructor to assume new "guide on the side" roles, or in distance education). For each of the four models, answers are included to six basic questions that address: the learning goal of the technology application; how to assign learners to use the technology; what the learner's role will be; what the instructor's role and program structure will be; how the resources will be managed; and how the learners will be assessed. At the end is a comparison chart highlighting the features of the four models. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Instructional Materials, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Technology Integration
For full text: http://www.plato.com/whitepapers.asp.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.