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ERIC Number: ED284306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-23
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Technological Imperatives: Using Computers in Academic Debate.
Ticku, Ravinder; Phelps, Greg
Intended for forensic educators and debate teams, this document details how one university debate team, at the University of Iowa, makes use of computer resources on campus to facilitate storage and retrieval of information useful to debaters. The introduction notes the problem of storing and retrieving the amount of information required by debate teams using conventional methods, suggests a computer system alternative, and proposes that debaters could benefit from such computer experience. The second section explains the capabilities of the college's previous computer system. The third section details the type of program, a database, the debate team needed to store and retrieve information, while the fourth section describes sample systems, including the Apple IIe and IIc, which were found to have inadequate memory capabilities. The fifth section details the debaters' present system, which utilizes the University of Iowa's mainframe PRIME, and several programs such as MUSE, a wordprocessing program, MIDASPLUS, a database program, and several Basic/VM programs. A sixth section looks at how the system functions, and a conclusion emphasizes the need for debate teams to welcome, rather than shun, computers as a resource for debate teams. (References and diagrams are included.) (JC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Ethics; Debate Strategies; PRIME System; University of Iowa