ERIC Number: ED160061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Computing as a Matter of Course. The Instructional Use of Computers at Dartmouth College.
Nevison, John M.
The faculty of Dartmouth College was surveyed to measure the extent of instructional computing in undergraduate courses, including the total amount, the spread across the curriculum, and the variety of individual efforts. The on-campus teaching faculty received a short, four-question card asking if they had used computing in their courses. Those who said yes were subsequently interviewed by telephone. A total of 83 percent of the instructors (332/399) returned the questionnaire card, and 41 percent of these respondents mentioned the use of computing in a total of 184 courses. The telephone survey revealed that (1) computing is used in 12 percent of the sections of undergraduate courses; (2) the usage by discipline breaks roughly into 50 percent science, 35 percent social science, and 15 percent humanities; (3) computing takes a small amount of the average student's course time, but this varies widely for individual students; (4) one-quarter of the courses had no serious problems in using the computer, while about half were bothered by problems of individuals straining the limits of working equipment. Appendices include the questionnaire and telephone survey forms, as well as a breakdown of the data by departments and courses. (CMV)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Course Content, Educational Research, Faculty, Higher Education, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Tables (Data), Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study, Use Studies
Kiewit Computation Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755 (Free); For related document, see IR 006 163
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Authoring Institution: Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH. Kiewit Computation Center.