ERIC Number: ED247609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-25
Reference Count: 0
Adapting Microcomputers for Use in College Composition Courses.
Hansen, Craig; Wilcox, Lance
Generally, there are three kinds of software that could be used in college writing courses: word processing programs, interactive questionnaires, and text parsers. Although the benefits of these programs are well known, they still pose some problems. Word processors, for example, have been designed to "process" existing text; few have been designed to meet the needs of online composing. The problem with interactive questionnaires is that the text is fixed, while the problem with text parsers is their inability to analyze content. A software package that hopes to solve these problems and provide the teacher with the means to create computer based aids, prompts, and exercises is A Computer Composing Educational Software System (ACCESS). Among its features are a number of exercises already designed and written by and for composition teachers. Teachers might borrow an exercise and adapt it to a particular class and students. Or, they might create exercises such as entering sample texts that students could react to in writing. When teachers sit down to create such exercises, they can choose from nested menus. The first menu, for instance, offers exercises for prewriting, drafting, or revision aids, or drill and practice. Although ACCESS is in large part already programed, it still awaits debugging and testing. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Software Evaluation
Note: Paper presented at the Spring Conference of the Delaware Valley Writing Council and Villanova University's English Department (Villanova, PA, February 25, 1984).