ERIC Number: ED263603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
The English Department Microlab: An Endangered Species?
Barker, Thomas T.
The English Microlab Registry (EMR) was first designed as a database, or research tool, for planners of English microlabs in order to give them access to information about all aspects of microlab management. But EMR also provides descriptive data about what a microlab is and may well provide insight into whether those labs will survive. An analysis of the data accumulated in the registry reveals that while most computer labs dedicated to writing instruction are in English departments, a number of them do exist outside English departments as learning assistance centers or writing centers. Furthermore, the majority of labs are housed at universities and appear to be used most frequently for word processing in technical writing courses or for increasing efficiency in first-year courses. If the microlabs that currently exist are to survive and if new ones are to be sound investments, two conditions will have to be met: (1) college administrators and their colleagues must be committed to supporting microlab administrators, and (2) programs must be written specifically for the microlab environment. (DF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A