ERIC Number: ED202271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: N/A
Brown, Peggy, Ed.
Forum for Liberal Education, v3 n7 May 1981
Three essays on the ways in which colleges and universities use the computer as a teaching tool are presented, along with descriptions of 10 school programs that reflect the diversity of computer applications across the United States. In "A Place for Computing in Liberal Education," Karl L. Zinn likens the computer to personal resource tools, such as typewriters; cautions against making computing procedures more complicated than they need to be; and concludes that computers have a place in liberal education. In "Computers and Liberal Education in the Humanities and Social Sciences," Richard R. Johnson describes how computing technology will affect teaching in the humanities and social sciences. He believes that computers will have a positive effect on education and, in some applications, can bring people together more than books do. In "Computer-Based Teaching and the Sciences," Stanley Smith focuses on the ways in which computer-assisted instruction already is helping students in the sciences gain a better understanding of course materials. Program descriptions are given for the following: the Academic Computing Program at Grinnell College, computer-assisted instruction in religious studies at California State College at Bakersfield, computer-assisted instruction in music theory at Northern Kentucky University, the Office of Computer-Based Instruction at the University of Delaware, computers and elementary modern standard Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin, academic computing at Goucher College, a computer-assisted sociology course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, computer-assisted instruction in Technical Terminology at the University of Minnesota, computer-based education at Metropolitan State University, and computer-assisted instruction in statistics at Beaver College. Additional programs are briefly described. (SW)
Descriptors: Arabic, College Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Humanities, Instructional Innovation, Liberal Arts, Music Theory, Program Descriptions, Religious Education, Sciences, Second Language Learning, Social Sciences, Sociology, Statistics, Vocabulary Development
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.