Microcomputers and Performance Technology
Influences on this period:
- Personal computer
- Rapid adoption of instructional systems by American businesses
Performance technology (Gilbert) and the focus on identifying
the gaps between actuals and optimals (Rossett) and whether the
discrepancy was due to lack of incentive, lack of knowledge or
skills, or lack of environmental support.
Microcomputer instruction (CBI/CBT)
flourished in this decade with the emphasis on design for interactivity
and learner control.
PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operation)
is a timesharing system designed for Computer-Based Education.
In the early 1960's Don Bitzer, a professor at the University
of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, was responsible for organizing
a team of engineers to design the PLATO hardware. The original
goal of the PLATO project was to design a computer-based system
The Origins of Cognitive Thought
by B F Skinner (1989)