ERIC Number: ED246868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of IT Policy and of Current Practice in a Sample of Colleges. Information Technology in FE. An Occasional Paper.
Further Education Unit, London (England).
A 1983 site-visit survey of 20 colleges actively engaged in developing their information technology (IT) expertise and resources indicate that many teachers do not appreciate the relevance of the computer to their work; few colleges have an effective and structured approach to IT in terms of staffing, equipment, or application; and lack of relevant software is a significant practical constraint on IT development. This report highlights various factors that need urgent attention if IT is to be tackled effectively by the further education (FE) sector. A table of IT usage by departments is included as well as the typical courses available in information technology. Case studies of individual departments with successful IT applications are also provided to demonstrate how a considerable amount can be done with limited resources. Findings are summarized for college development policies relating to IT; the role of the local authorities in IT development; sources of income for purchasing IT equipment; IT equipment in the colleges; staffing and accommodation; IT in the departments; non-academic uses of IT; links with schools; IT for the unemployed; liaison with local industry; the effect of the introduction of IT in the design of "mainstream" curricula; staff development; and college plans for future development. Appendices include additional information on the survey methodology, descriptive examples of good practice, and a glossary. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain