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1976: Computers in the Classroom: the Pioneer Era

February 14, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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Classroom technology has advanced considerably since The Chronicle captioned a photograph by noting that on the Plato computer, “student in foreground is responding by typing on keyboard; computer can determine precisely where man in background is touching screen.” The article was about the commercialization of “computerized education,” in which “a single computer can give individualized instruction to as many as 500 students at once.” In other news, we reported on a study finding that “self-criticism is a predominant trait of many college faculty members.”