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We are very excited to be introducing a new software package in the lab.
PLATO courseware modules contain tutorials, drills, applications, problem solving activities, reviews, practice, and mastery tests. Assessment tests diagnose and automatically prescribe individualized learning paths within a specific PLATO course for each learner. A wide variety of assessment strategies are available.
PLATO Learning System Overview
Age Appropriate Learning Focus
PLATO courses were designed specifically to meet the needs of young adult and adult learners. They provide instruction for basic through advanced skills and language, examples, and content that are appropriate for them and reflect their lives and concerns.
PLATO Pathways Curriculum Manager
The PLATO Pathways Curriculum Manager directs the learner through prescribed lessons while maintaining comprehensive records on progress. The combination of computer-assisted and computer-managed instruction individualizes the instruction for each learner and assures mastery of the learning content.
The PLATO curricula are designed for learners with a wide range of instructional needs. Each curriculum has a number of courses. A course is divided into several units called modules. Modules consist of a series of lessons or learning activities. A learning activity can be a pretest, a tutorial, a drill, an application, a review exercise, or a mastery test.
Assessment tests are available to determine which course modules a learner should study. Using the assessment results, the PLATO Pathways Curriculum Manager software places a learner at a particular level in the curriculum. Instructors may also place learners directly. The learners are then able to proceed through the instruction independently. Modular design allows learners to move smoothly through the curriculum at their own pace, concentrating their time and effort on lessons that target their particular needs. They use their time efficiently and get a sense of their own success and progress.