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by Hannah Leitheiser

Educational Courseware

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The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture

Brian Dear

2017

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2019-09-09

"One can predict that in a few more years, millions of school children will have access to what Phillip of Macedon's son Alexander enjoyed as a royal prerogative, the personal services of a tutor as well-informed and responsive as Aristotle." - Patrick Suppes, 1966

"The PLATO dream was to build a system where any educator could author their own material. There are still dozens of authoring tools today, but the notion of developing custom courseware for students has lost its early energy. Only big corporations and governments can afford it. The cost of developing one hour of courseware never came down. If anything it climbed since the 1970's. MOOCS are, in a way, punting -- plop a video camera down in the lecture hall. This became the new definition of courseware." [trimmed] - Brian Dear, The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture (2017)

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