ERIC Number: ED263367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
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Indicators for Evaluating County Extension Office Computer Uses.
Wright, M. Anthony; Long, James S.
Extension leadership articulated several broad goals for the use of microcomputers within cooperative extension. These included providing information, service to clients, office automation, and enhancement of the educational process. A questionnaire was administered regarding microcomputer use within Washington State University County Cooperative Extension Offices. Questions were directed towards the use of microcomputers as educational and office automation technologies. Thirty-five of the 39 counties in Washington had responded. In Fall 1985 Washington county extension offices used the microcomputer about 16.9 hours per week. Hourly use was split evenly between office staff and county agent faculty. Indicators chosen to reflect county computer use all showed dramatic increases in use related to the length of time a computer is in the office. Following national trends, county extension offices' primary current utilization of microcomputers was office automation. The ranking of office automation as first was not a disappointment, since the equipment could be economically justified solely on the basis of general purpose word processing. Another beneift was increased educational sophistication due to computing use. Recommendations were that agents need time and commitment to learn how to use a computer and that a traditional coordinated curriculum approach is needed to introduce new computer-based educational tasks. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Washington