ERIC Number: ED275299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The PC: More Than an Electronic TA.
The impact of the personal computer (PC) will affect both how college faculty will work and interrelationships between faculty and students and will aid in communication between scholars and between campuses. The PC provides educators with the opportunity to reexamine and restructure education constructively so that it provides potential for greater individual personal growth and meets the needs of post-industrial society. PC's are more accessible and increasingly user friendly, offer benefits across all disciplines, and provide revolutionary applications. Much learning and basic teaching can be done effectively by programmed instruction/reading/exercises/review and testing, which can be packaged on floppy disks. The challenge is to use the PC in ways which make more time for students to have thoughtful interactions with faculty. The relative ease with which information can be obtained through computer searching of databases and software packages that take care of statistical calculations can help facilitate the research expected of college faculty. The peril to be avoided is the use of the same data to write multiple papers and articles for presentation at the rapidly increasing number of conferences being held or for publication in the also rapidly increasing number of journals being published. To help teachers make effective use of PC's, administrators must provide training, assistance in obtaining hardware and software, and must facilitate and coordinate services between or within different departments. (DJR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper prepared for the National Institute of Education.