PLATO Electives powered by eDynamics differ from PLATO Courses and PLATO Courseware. PLATO Electives are courses that have an interactive format, including games, videos, and animations and have "Ed" in the course name.
|Ed Anthropology I||Ed Gothic Literature||Ed Personal & Family Finance|
|Ed Anthropology II||Ed Great Minds in Science||Ed Personal Psychology I|
|Ed Archeology||Ed History of the Holocaust||Ed Personal Psychology II|
|Ed Art in World Cultures||Ed Hospitality & Tourism: Traveling the Globe||Ed Philosophy|
|Ed Astronomy: Exploring the Universe||Ed Human Geography: Our Global Identity||Ed Principles of Public Service: To Serve & Protect|
|Ed Biotechnology: Unlocking Nature’s Secrets||Ed International Business||Ed Public Speaking|
|Ed Careers in Criminal Justice||Ed Introduction to Agriscience||Ed Real World Parenting|
|Ed Cosmetology: Cutting Edge Styles||Ed Introduction to Culinary Arts||Ed Social Problems I|
|Ed Criminology||Ed Introduction to Manufacturing: Product Design & Innovation||Ed Social Problems II|
|Ed Digital Photography I||Ed Introduction to Social Media: Our Connected World||Ed Sociology I|
|Ed Digital Photography II||Ed Law & Order||Ed Sociology II|
|Ed Early Childhood Education||Ed Middle School Career Explorations||Ed Sports & Entertainment Marketing|
|Ed Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Business||Ed Middle School Journalism: Tell Your Story||Ed Veterinary Science|
|Ed Fashion & Interior Design||Ed Middle School Photography: Drawing with Light||Ed World Religions|
|Ed Forensic Science I||Ed Music Appreciation|
|Ed Forensic Science II||Ed Peer Counseling|
- Engaging Content
Each course is written in a simple, descriptive manner to keep students engaged with the content. Key concepts and key words are highlighted in bold to help learners identify the central ideas of a course.
- Contemporary Graphics
Online content is richly illustrated with modern animations.
- Lab Activities
Captivating and insightful videos highlight key concepts.
- Review Games
A review game in each unit gives learners the opportunity to boost their scores.
Other Features and Functionality
Unit Objectives provide an outline of the topics that will be covered in a unit.
A Reflect feature provides learners with questions to help them review what they have learned and deepen their understanding of the topics covered in the unit.
Test Questions consist of review questions, critical thinking questions, and discussion questions. Learners submit their answers through the digital drop box for grading. An assessment report cannot be generated after learners answer the assessment questions.
Lab Questions provide links to videos or articles for learners to study. Questions accompany each link.
The Quiz Game allows learners to improve their scores by taking a quiz. Generally in a word game format, the quiz calls on learners to come up with the correct answers in a limited period of time.
A Podcast is available at the end of each unit.
A typical PLATO Electives course has eight to ten units of curriculum content, a midterm, and a final exam. A typical unit also contains these features:
- two homework assignments (submitted through the Drop Box)
- two discussion assignments (submitted through the Drop Box)
- one quiz (15 questions randomly pulled from a database of 25 questions that are automatically graded)
The syllabus for each Electives course contains additional information. An elective course is one semester in length and ranges from 90-110 hours of instruction or 16-18 weeks.
The course structure is uniform across all PLATO Electives, except for Digital Photography I and II, Gothic Literature, and Great Minds and Science.
- Digital Photography I and II: This course includes three homework assignments; the extra task is a photography assignment.
- Gothic Literature: Every unit in this course follows a different structure. The course has one homework assignment. Students will also read and study three novels and the poems of Edgar Allan Poe (links to these works are provided). The course has lengthy literature study questions formatted in a PDF that can be filled out and saved.
- Great Minds and Science: This course has one homework assignment that combines Test Questions and Lab Questions.
Comparing PLATO Electives and PLATO Courses
|PLATO Electives||PLATO Courses|
|Unit Summary at the beginning of each unit.||Yes||No|
|Pretests, posttests, and mastery tests for each lesson||No||Yes|
|Drop Box functionality||Yes||Yes|
|Activities can be submitted all at once||No||Yes|
PLATO Electives can be customized based on the needs of individual learners. Follow these steps to customize a PLATO Elective course in PLE:
- Click the Content mini-app to go to the Content landing page.
- Click the Create Custom Resource button.
- Under Modifying Content, click the Choose Existing Content button.
- Click the PLATO Content tab on the left side of the page. A list of PLATO Courses, including all PLATO Electives, will display. Select the course you’d like to customize, and then click the Done button.
- In the Workspace, a copy of the course is available for customization. You can delete a unit, change the location of a unit within the course structure, create subunits, add threaded discussions, add Drop Box activities, and more.
Note that activities are not selectable. Only entire units can be deleted.
PLATO Electives reports can be accessed as needed for individual learners. The Learner Progress, Graphic Learner Progress, and Grade Reports can be generated in PLE in the same way that they are generated for PLATO Courses. Click on a report below for more information.