ERIC Number: ED232599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
The Integrator Role in Academic Computing. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
Masland, Andrew T.
The role of integrators, individuals who facilitate communication and understanding, in facilitating the use of computer technology was explored, based on five case studies. It is suggested that a major obstacle to successful academic computing is getting faculty and students to use available computer resources effectively. In addition to helping people to overcome fear about using the computer and encouraging exploration of system capabilities, five technical integrator functions are identified: introductory training and periodic review of technical knowledge needed, technical consulting, technical interpretation, substantive consulting, and special ad hoc programming. Background information on the five case study institutions is presented. It is concluded that integrators help bridge the perceived gap between computers and users and that they bring divergent interests together for the benefit of the overall organization. Integrators also help the institution through the organizational change process that occurs with the implementation of academic computing. They help faculty members see the need for computing, make the transition to understanding and using computing, and institutionalize computing in their classes. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Academic Computing; AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (23rd, Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).