Critical Incidents in the Evolution of PLATO Projects,
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN COMPUTER-BASED EDUCATION RESEARCH LAB
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This report is intended to serve as a resource for the development of management and instructional guidelines for computer-based education CBE. Although the data were gathered from PLATO projects only, they represent projects which varied widely in target populations elementary through professional students, subject matter content, type of implementation, and size and scope. It is expected that the report will be useful to developers of CBE in general, as well as to PLATO users. More than 125 case histories of critical incidents are documented. They are organized by topics, rather than projects, which in effect serves as a taxonomy of matters or issues which are critical during project development. Conclusions include 1 CBE was implemented most smoothly when there was a conscious effort to develop good relations with instructors and administrators 2 Successful projects were those which had initial plans for such matters as project procedures, organization, objectives and evaluation and 3 Directors who planned contingencies, in case of failure to meet goals, increased the probability of the effectiveness of their projects.
- Administration and Management
- Humanities and History
- Computer Programming and Software