ERIC Number: ED054623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
Institutions, Innovation, and Incentives.
Levien, Roger E.
It is important to achieve effective innovation in computer-assisted instruction (CAI). Meaningful innovation can be achieved only by changing the system--that is, by changing not only the technology, but also the institutions and persons involved. Two institutions are proposed: a National Institute of Education which would support creation of a research and development base for educational innovation and a system of institutions and technology designed to make instructional use of the computer in higher education truly effective. To achieve innovation, one must plan institutions to encourage and facilitate it, paying careful attention to financial incentives. Instructional use of computers today has a cottage-industry character. Two trends may change this situation: commercial time-shared computer service and cheap, standardized mini-computers programed through an exchangeable medium such as a cassette. Change would require the concerted efforts of higher educational institutions, time-sharing industries, publishers, and the government. (SM/JK)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Science, Educational Development, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Innovation, Institutional Role, Instructional Innovation, Leadership Responsibility, Research and Development Centers, Technological Advancement, Time Sharing
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Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: National Institute of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Purdue 1971 Symposium on Application of Computers to Electrical Engineering Education (Lafayette, Indiana, April 26-28, 1971)