ERIC Number: ED327180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Considering the Effect on Women Students of an Increased Use of Microcomputers in Distance Education. CITE Report No. 28.
In the past, computing facilities at the Open University in the United Kingdom have been provided through terminals and modems in local study centers. A new policy to implement home computer use will rely on student owned microcomputers. While this policy reflects a commitment to increasing the use of computers as distance education aids, it may have a deleterious effect on the university's female student population. Research shows that Open University female students are less likely to have access to a computer than male students. Also, women are less likely to register for courses that contain a compulsory computing component. Such inequality in the face of commitment to a sophisticated new technology may have serious ramifications on the success rates of women students. (7 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.
Identifiers: Open University (Great Britain)
Note: Paper Presented at the International Council for Distance Education World Conference (14th, Oslo, Norway, August 9-16, 1988).