ERIC Number: ED225558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Long Range Planning for Computer Use--A Task Force Model.
Raucher, S. M.; Koehler, T. J.
A Management Operations Review and Evaluation (MORE) study of the Department of Management Information and Computer Services, which was completed in the fall of 1980, strongly recommended that the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) develop a long-range plan to meet the computer needs of schools and central offices. In response to this recommendation, the Superintendent appointed a Task Force for Long-Range Planning for Future Use of Computer Technology. This paper provides an outline of the methods used by the task force and the results and recommendations of the study, as well as descriptions of the goals of the task force, the activity phases necessary to meet these goals, the technological environment within the county educational system, and the functional requirements of the educational system. Task force activities which provided a direction and a plan for both administrative and instructional computer use are described, and it is suggested that the task force methodology, representative composition, and "advocacy" structure could serve as a model for similar planning activities in other educational institutions. Specific sections of the paper include: an overview; task force activities (including goals, organization, activity phases, personnel involved, and the MCPS technological environment); trends in data processing; functional requirements for technology; benefit criteria; results of this study; and a conclusion. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Montgomery County Public Schools MD; Task Force Approach; User Needs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Data Systems (Orlando, FL, May 1982).