NovaNET Courseware is a Web-based service that includes full curriculum for four years of all core high school subjects (math, language arts, science and social studies), as well as a learning management system with customized lessons, assessments, and gradebook features. Teachers can also set up discussion boards for students.
Students begin with a Basic Achievement Skills Inventory assessment, and are then guided through a personalized curriculum and periodic assessments that deliver feedback and guidance for where students ought to focus next. With content drawn from Pearson’s textbooks (of course), the NovaNET curriculum is aligned with state standards and correlated to the Common Core standards for math and language arts. (A separate product, NovaNET Advance, delivers AP instruction in biology, calculus, statistics, U.S. history, and world history.)
NovaNET’s roots date back to the 1960s at the University of Illinois, whose Computer-Based Education Research Laboratory developed one of the first computer-assisted instructional systems back in the 1960s: PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations). Running on networked mainframe computers, PLATO not only offered electronic courseware, it also hosted one of the very first online communities as well as a variety of early multiplayer games. A version of PLATO’s code eventually became NovaNET through Pearson’s acquisition of National Computer Systems (which had, in turn, purchased University Communications, Inc., a U of I partner).
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