ERIC Number: ED217877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Computing in College Courses: The Dartmouth Experience.
Cohen, Peter A.
In order to assess faculty and student use of, and attitudes toward, instructional computing at Dartmouth College, faculty members and students were surveyed during the spring of 1981 to determine how computing was being used in Dartmouth courses. Each of the 450 faculty members who taught an on-campus course from summer 1980 through spring 1981 was sent to four-question card asking about his or her use of computing. Follow-up telephone interviews with 108 faculty members indicated that computing was used in a total of 206 different courses. To determine student attitudes and patterns of computer use, questionnaires were sent to a stratified, random sample of 516 students, 416 of whom responded. Results of the faculty survey indicated a slight increase in instructional computing since 1975. Computing was found to be integral to 42 percent and supplemental to 47 percent of the courses taught by surveyed faculty. The student survey indicated that 93 percent of the students had used a computer while at Dartmouth. Students generally had a positive attitude toward computing. Male and female students did not differ in computer use, but students majoring in the sciences used computers more heavily than students in other disciplines. Eight data tables and two figures accompany the text. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dartmouth College NH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982). For related documents, see ED 160 060-061.