ERIC Number: ED231263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Literacy...Would Plato Understand?
Brown, Peggy, Ed.
Forum for Liberal Education, v5 n6 May/Jun 1983
The uses of computers by colleges and universities are described, and some definitions of computer literacy are proposed. In addition, an essay, "Computing and Higher Education: The Revolution Is Through the Gates," by Robert G. Gillespie briefly considers the efforts colleges are making to explore the potential of the personal computer. The following developments at colleges are described: Rollins College's plan to make computer literacy a graduation requirement by 1985; Carnegie-Mellon University's plan to introduce a distributed computing network to provide access to powerful personal computers; Pepperdine University's efforts to ensure computer literacy of the faculty, along with the development of introductory courses and computer-based instruction; Marymount Manhattan College's incorporation of a computer literacy program in the liberal arts curriculum; Hamline University's establishment of a computer literacy requirement for all students, which may be met by proficiency testing, computer science courses, or a self-paced computer-assisted short course; and Drexel University's requirement by 1983 that all freshmen buy their own microcomputers. Additional program descriptions and information on resources are included, along with information on the donation of equipment by computer vendors to colleges. (SW)
Descriptors: College Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Science Education, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Graduation Requirements, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Microcomputers, Program Descriptions
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.