ERIC Number: ED244573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Networked Microcomputers--The Next Generation in College Computing.
Harris, Albert L.
The evolution of computer hardware for college computing has mirrored the industry's growth. When computers were introduced into the educational environment, they had limited capacity and served one user at a time. Then came large mainframes with many terminals sharing the resource. Next, the use of computers in office automation emerged. As college computing grew, it took several mainframes to handle the workload, especially at large institutions. Microcomputers then came on the scene, but they had evolved back to the initial limited capacity, one machine-one user concept. They first served as personal computers, then evolved as enhanced terminals. Now, microcomputers are becoming part of networked systems, allowing more users to become part of the overall institutional system, while reducing the dependence on large mainframe systems. The next generation of college computing will allow maximum use of microcomputer networks. Networks allow common use of data and programs and provide a communications link not previously available to microcomputer users. The most immediate applications for these networks are office automation, faculty needs, and staff requirements. Colleges and universities must lead the way in innovation, especially in the area of networked microcomputers. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Information Resources and the Individual. Proceedings of the CAUSE National Conference (San Francisco, CA, December 11-14, 1983). Boulder, CO, CAUSE, 1984, p. 453-463. For the complete proceedings, see HE 017 245.