A unique approach to the teaching of nutrition has been developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine. It employs a computer-based system known as PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operation) to teach the fundamentals of nutrition and diet formulation. This new and effective teaching tool provides the student with individualized instruction. He may work at his own pace and actively participate in the learning process. The program uses a problem-solving format which permits the student to derive solutions to problems in nutrition through the use of concepts and mathematical operations. The computational and graphic capabilities of the PLATO system are particularly useful for this type of instruction.
animal nutrition, computer-based instruction, PLATO