The PLATO System: An Evaluative Description

  • G. L. Hody
  • R. A. Avner
Part of the Computers in Biology and Medicine book series (CBM)


PLATO is a fast, flexible, and responsive system designed expressly to present interactive instructional lessons attractively and economically. From initial research data collected on three predecessor systems over a period of 15 years, PLATO developers concluded that they would have to make extensive modifications in existing computer equipment before it would be suitable for delivering the kind of individualized instruction they wanted. They also found that they had to depart from the traditional architecture of computer systems and to develop a new author language. These tasks were necessary because available computer systems had been optimized for scientific and business applications with requirements that were very different from those of the instructional setting.


Instructional Material Computer Instruction Inferential Handling Student Input Lesson Material 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. L. Hody
    • 1
  • R. A. Avner
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Basic Medical SciencesUniversity of Illinois College of MedicineUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Computer-Based Education LaboratoryUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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