ERIC Number: ED214608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
Choosing a Microcomputer for Use as a Teaching Aid.
Visniesky, Cheryl; Hocking, Joan
A step-by-step guide to the selection of a microcomputer system is provided for educators having made the decision to implement computer-assisted instruction. The first step is to clarify reasons for using a microcomputer rather than conventional instructional materials. Next, the degree of use (e.g., types of courses and number of departments that will use the system) and specific applications in drill work, regular classroom instruction, and use by instructors or students must be decided in order to determine the necessary level of sophistication and the required peripheral equipment. Then, desired capabilities should be examined, such as links between peripherals, degree of user feedback, and software needs. Then it is important to gain administrative support and to begin an active pursuit of funding through research funds, alumni or business gifts, pooling funds among potential users, etc. A search committee should then be formed to include the potential users of the system and a person knowledgeable about computers. The search committee should gather information about existing systems from other users, campus experts, and the literature. System demonstrations by vendors should then be arranged, and the vendors should be queried about interface with existing equipment, programming capabilities, software availability, amount of memory, total costs, service and training availability, warranty conditions, and the immediacy of delivery. (KL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Two-Year Colleges (Carlisle, PA, April 1-2, 1982).