ERIC Number: ED239710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Mainframe Computer in a Basic Reading and Writing Class.
The chief advantage of the use of a computer in a basic reading and writing class is that it helps the instructor do more with greater ease and comfort in less time. Initial problems associated with the use of a mainframe computer for instruction were: few programs which met the needs of community college students; lack of knowledge on how to train the students; difficulties in measuring gains; user resistance; lack of a strategy for its use; and possible faculty objections to students using the computer terminals. Most of these problems have not been solved; however, uses for the computer which have been developed include: (1) provision of diagnostic data through cloze tests, multiple-choice spelling and writing tests, and readability assessments of student writing samples; (2) electronic gradebooks (in the planning phase); (3) student-teacher communication by electronic mail; (4) drill and practice; (5) sharing of essays among classmates; (6) reduction of paperwork; (7) distribution of assignments by electronic mail; (8) individualization of instruction by sending different assignments to different students; (9) computerized availability of instructor handouts; and (10) weekly evaluation of student progress. (DC)
Descriptors: Assignments, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computers, Drills (Practice), Interpersonal Communication, Problems, Program Descriptions, Reading Instruction, Student Evaluation, Student Teacher Relationship, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Electronic Mail; PF Project
Note: Paper presented at the Ohio Instructional Computing Conference (Parma, OH, December 10, 1983).