ERIC Number: ED252672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan-7
Reference Count: 0
Students, Learning and Computers: Surviving the Changes. Paper No. 513.
Wade, James C.
The objectives of this paper are to present some approaches for using computers to aid in the teaching of students in colleges of agriculture and also to share some ideas for improving instruction in the rapidly changing computer environment. The paper first outlines a conceptual relationship among students, learning, and computers in university instruction. It examines student characteristics, teaching goals and the available means to achieve them, and educational applications of computers. The "ideals" and the "realities" of microcomputing in an instructional environment are then discussed in order to enhance the understanding of the alternative uses of computers in instruction. To illustrate one approach to moving from the reality toward the ideal, the recent efforts in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Arizona to use computers as a component of instruction are described. A summary and conclusion provide some keys to surviving the rapidly changing microcomputer instructional environment, given in the form of brief rules of thumb. They include: know your students and your instructional goals, know and use your computers, use student-friendly applications software, keep it simple but push the student, let the students do the work, know the limitations, and always look for something new. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Conference on University Teaching (1st, Las Cruces, NM, January 9-10, 1985).