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PLATO

Daniel Alpert

Physicist at UIUC who had early involvement with PLATO. Around 1959 Chalmers Sherwin, a physicist at the University of Illinois, suggested a computerized learning system to William Everett, the engineering college dean, who, in turn, recommended that Daniel Alpert, another physicist, convene a meeting about the matter with engineers, administrators, mathematicians, and psychologist

Donald Bitzer

Regarded as the Father of PLATO; developed the early design while a lab assistant at UIUC Bitzer, regarded as the Father of PLATO, recognized that in order to provide quality computer-based education, good graphics were critical (this at a time when 10 character per second teleprinters were the norm).

Chalmers Sherwin

Physicist at UIUC who had early involvement with PLATO. Around 1959 Chalmers Sherwin, a physicist at the University of Illinois, suggested a computerized learning system to William Everett, the engineering college dean, who, in turn, recommended that Daniel Alpert, another physicist, convene a meeting about the matter with engineers, administrators, mathematicians, and psychologists. After weeks of meetings they were unable to suggest a single-design system, yet, before conceding failure, Alpert mentioned the matter to laboratory assistant Donald Bitzer, who had been thinking about the problem, suggesting he could build a demonstration system.

William Everett

Dean of the college of Engineering who had early involvement with PLATO. Around 1959 Chalmers Sherwin, a physicist at the University of Illinois, suggested a computerized learning system to William Everett, the engineering college dean, who, in turn, recommended that Daniel Alpert, another physicist, convene a meeting about the matter with engineers, administrators, mathematicians, and psychologists.

Paul Tenczar

A UIUC biology graduate student who developed the TUTOR programming language, which allowed any user the ability to create new lesson modules

David Woolley

Developed PLATO Notes, a precursor to today's online forums and message boards

Kim Mast

Developed Personal Notes, a precursor to today's email

Bruce Parrello

Developed a precursor to today's blogging, called News Reports, which allowed users to post news stories for other users to read

Piper James

Madeline White

Danielle Jacobs

Evelyn Start

Raj Iram

Patricia Tilson