ERIC Number: ED470273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Amoco Fabric and Fibers. PLATO Evaluation Series.
This PLATO (registered) mathematics curriculum was used in a pilot study as a continuing education offering for employees of an Amoco Fabric and Fibers plant in North Carolina. Thirty-eight Amoco employees used the PLATO learning system over a 6-month period, during which time their progress, in terms of grade level mastery and time, in terms of hours logged in to PLATO courseware, were tracked. The learners experienced an average gain of 1.6 grade levels during the pilot period (range of 0.0 to 4.8 grade levels) with an average of 26 hours, 36 minutes spent logged in (range from 0 hours, 17 minutes to 123 hours, 45 minutes). The Amoco learners also completed questionnaires about their experience and participated in a focus group at the end of the pilot period. Their responses indicated a positive attitude toward the PLATO learning system, a continued interest in using PLATO courseware and a commitment to continued learning for personal and job-related reasons. This form of computer-based training, with its individual learning paths, flexible time schedule, and learner-determined pacing, has proven to be an appropriate and effective way of meeting this population's continuing mathematics needs. The demand for continued PLATO offerings at Amoco Fabric and Fibers is present. Improvements to the PLATO implementation at Amoco could take the form of on-the-job time for using PLATO, faster computer set-up, motivational employee incentives and rewards, and an instructor or other live assistance to facilitate using PLATO. Three appendixes contain the questionnaire and focus group responses. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.