ERIC Number: ED242296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Modular Approach to Building Adult Computing Competencies: The Desktop Computer Series.
Joseph, John J.
The Fox Valley Technical Institute's approach to teaching adults about computers is based on three underlying premises: there is a widespread need for adult education related to desktop computers; the needs are not the same for everyone; and to be effective, a program that addresses these needs must be flexible, pertinent, and current. (Desktop is a generic term, representing home computers, microcomputers, personal computers, and small business computers). The course hierarchy is explained and illustrated and the content and objectives of 11 4-week modules are outlined: Introduction to Desktop Computers, BASIC for Desktop Computers I and II, File Processing in BASIC, BASIC in the Classroom, Business Applications in BASIC, System Design for Desktop Computers I and II, Spreadsheet Applications, Word Processing Applications, and Database Manager Applications. Discussion of the development process covers competency objectives; curriculum development (scheduling, standardization, software programs to support specific course modules); and building in flexibility (feedback, revision, and evaluation). A course evaluation form is included. A brief overview of future directions includes additional courses, workshop format, credit courses, and a proposal to establish an information systems laboratory. (LMM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: BASIC Programing Language; Database Management Systems; Electronic Spreadsheets; Fox Valley Technical Institute WI