ERIC Number: ED348690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
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Beginning the Computer Community: Establishing a Computer Writing Classroom.
Sundermeier, Michael; Whipple, Bob
The idea of setting up a computer center in the Creighton University English department was conceived in 1982 shortly after the department chair purchased his first computer. A committee on the relationship between the computer and English composition was established. In 1987, a proposal for 30 computers and 15 printers was turned down by the administration, as were later proposals. In the fall of 1990, a director of composition and chair of the composition committee was appointed to develop yet another computer plan. This plan for an English Computer Lab (ECL) which would focus on the teaching of writing involved the development of a composition program centered on the computer and located in a dedicated, networked classroom. A new Dean of the College was computer literate and enthusiastic and ready to put discretionary funds into the program. However, educating other communities in the university about the program was difficult and their interference in the form of lack of understanding, lack of cooperation, and general distrust of the new ECL community was maddening. Despite this, the project, with the Dean's approval, has gone forward. A computer room was found which, while not ideal, is functional and (most important) is under the department's control. A consultant was engaged whose usefulness lay in acquiring prices for the workstations and installing the network software, not in choosing applications software and pedagogical approaches. Many quick lessons were learned about the functioning of such a computer room. Hardware and software problems also occurred. After the first week, the students and faculty reacted enthusiastically to the computer writing classroom. Concerns for the future include: mundane repair and replacement, administration, expansion, extrapolation, and spreading the word to the rest of the university. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Creighton University NE
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Computers and Writing (8th, Indianapolis, IN, May 1-3, 1992).