PLATO was a fascinating, pioneering online learning system developed at the University of Illinois.

Alongside course materials, it originated complex multiplayer online games, chat, & collaboration tools, rendered on 512x512 touchscreen plasma displays--in the 1970s.

Brian Dear's "The Friendly Orange Glow" is the (thus far) definitive history of the system, based on decades of research. It took me a while to make my way through the 640 page tome, but here's my review:


@eloquence one gets the feeling that online learning has not quite developed according to some exponential Moore's law 😔

what would good like in the age of the and digital abundance?


I don't know, but I think wikis are the best platform we have for collaborating on learning resources today. I'd love to see better tools to do the equivalent of TUTOR programming in a wiki -- and ways to embed interactive lessons in toots and other ActivityPub items :)

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