ERIC Number: ED250967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Organizing the Program. The Logistics Involved in Introducing Microcomputing at Drexel University.
Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.
The introduction of Drexel University's microcomputing program, which provides students access to this technology for coursework, is described, with attention to the groups who played a major role in preparing the university. Faculty helped set the initial direction of the program and have been central to its operation. Other faculty roles included review of the computing needs of students and faculty and the characteristics of microcomputers that were on the market in fall 1982, program planning, communicating among departments, and developing ideas and materials to enhance the academic curriculum. Students have provided feedback and have identified problem areas and need for new services. Software academic applications developed by students and student-led orientation programs for new students are additional student inputs. The involvement of the following groups is also discussed: the business units of the university, the facilities committee, the computer center, the instructional support group, the user support group, the equipment support group, and the microcomputing program's management team. Future concerns are also identified, including local area networks, getting software to students economically, and the distribution of software developed by the Drexel community. (SW)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, College Planning, Committees, Computer Oriented Programs, Higher Education, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Organizations (Groups), Program Development, Program Implementation, Student Developed Materials, Student Needs, Student Participation, Teacher Developed Materials, Teacher Role
Drexel University, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.