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ERIC Number: ED238421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Implementation of Computer Based Education by a Small College.
Stemmer, Paul M., Jr.; And Others
Both challenges and successes resulted from the implementation of computer-based or computer-assisted instruction (CAI) at Mercy College of Detroit through a program funded with a Comprehensive Assistance to Undergraduate Science Education (CAUSE) grant. Four influences were found most significant in faculty-related challenges: computer phobia, tradition bias, amount of faculty computer contact time, and acquisition and dissemination of courseware. Operational and administrative challenges included establishing goals and objectives, and use of instructional design to help promote and develop computer-based education materials. External sources of challenge for courseware were quality, match to curriculum, and design faults, and, for hardware, microcomputer selection and placement. The CAUSE project appeared most successful in the areas of faculty development and computer-managed instruction. Implications of the study for manufacturers and educational institutions that might be implementing CAI concern (1) need for an industrial hardware standard or conversion programs; (2) vendor provision of demonstration discs or actual programs for review as well as courseware evaluation results; (3) need for courseware that actually helps in the teaching process; (4) release time and inservice training for instructors as well as computer contact time; and (5) use of instructional designers to develop program specifications. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A