ERIC Number: ED238408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Computing Literacy in the University of the Future.
Gantt, Vernon W.
In exploring the impact of microcomputers and the future of the university in 1985 and beyond, a distinction should be made between computing literacy--the ability to use a computer--and computer literacy, which goes beyond successful computer use to include knowing how to program in various computer languages and understanding what goes on mathematically, logically, and/or electronically inside the computer. Though computer uses in higher education in the future are difficult to predict given the propensity of the educational system to resist change, some of the possible current and future uses include word processing, submission of manuscripts to textbook editors, teacher student communication, faculty work at home, online access to library holdings, interactive computer network conferences, student advising and schedule planning, use of videodiscs as interactive "textbooks," and artificial intelligence applications. The university must promote and encourage computing literacy in order to survive. While the initial cost for providing computers may seem unrealistic, the potential savings could significantly reduce administrative overhead. Computing will become more central to the function of professionals, and, because information is power, will increase the power of the individual. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Science Education, Computers, Data Processing, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Online Systems, Technological Advancement, Universities
Speech and Theatre Center for Applied Research, Department of Speech and Theatre, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071 ($.50 per copy).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education; Interactive Systems; Professional Role
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Speech Communication Association (Washington, DC, November 11, l983).