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PLATO Electives Powered by eDynamics Learning

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  

Main Features

  • 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.

Course Structure

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

Customization

PLATO Electives can be customized based on the needs of individual learners. Follow these steps to customize a PLATO Elective course in PLE:

  1. Click the Content mini-app to go to the Content landing page.
  2. Click the Create Custom Resource button.

  1. Under Modifying Content, click the Choose Existing Content button.

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

Reporting

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.

Grade Reports

Graphic Learner Progress Report

Learner Progress Reports

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