Self-Paced Learning

Issue 9 and Volume 128.

Self-Paced Learning Austin Community College’s fire protection program has found an answer to the challenge of meeting individual needs of students, while maintaining overall class interest. The solution is individualized instruction, which, while not unique to education, is unique to fire protection programs. Under this system, courses are divided into modules based upon the recommended course syllabus prepared by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, Personnel Standards and Education. The Materials I course, for example, is divided into 10 units dealing with such subjects as flammable liquids, plastics and combustible metals. A student must finish one unit of instruction before going on to the next. A student can accomplish these objectives in one of three ways, all of which are ultimately self-paced. He can attend traditional class lectures, listen to tape recordings of the lectures at his convenience or progress through individual research. A fourth method of learning through commercially…

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