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ERIC Number: ED090925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 4
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Reference Count: 0
Getting the Computer Out of the Temple and into the Teachers' Lounge.
Michelson, David
Computers are under-utilized by faculty members in higher education, despite the fact that recent advances have simplified usage. Many professors shy away from the computer because they lack understanding of its basic nature and they fear the unknown. Historically, the requirements that: 1) the user specify in advance information needed solely for internal use by the machine, and 2) that each program run in batch mode be embedded in a set of job control cards, combined to throw up a wall between the computer and the casual user. Stemmed from the failure to distinguish the nature of the problem (or algorithm) from the nature of the machine. This situation has changed recently as computer science advances have reduced the amount of detail needed for simple use, providing improved languages and procedures to do this work. Faculty members must now begin to approach and make use of faculties with teacher-programers who would introduce other teachers to computers, using interactive languages and moving from simple to more complex tasks. (PB)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (59th, Chicago, Illinois, April 1974)