ERIC Number: ED289173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-24
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Computers for College Writing: A Promising Beginning.
Styne, Marlys M.
Noting that computers have fascinated teachers looking for new and better ways of teaching writing, not because the machines make students into better writers, but because they are useful tools that make editing and revising much easier, this paper explores the use of computers to teach writing, based on the experiences of a writing laboratory instructor at Chicago's Wilbur Wright College. The paper first discusses choosing a computer for the laboratory, recommending unconnected microcomputers over mainframes or networks. Next considered is choice of word processing software; full-featured programs are recommended but simpler programs for beginners are also suggested. Other software, such as spelling checkers, outliners, and style checkers are also discussed. Next the document focuses on political issues, such as the relationship of writing laboratories to administration, laboratory scheduling, and money matters. The document then examines the details of working word processing instruction into the freshman composition curriculum, stressing the importance of handouts. Advantages and disadvantages of using computers in composition courses are then enumerated, and the lack of research studies on the topic is noted. An annotated, selected bibliography is appended. (SKC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the University of Illinois at Chicago/City Colleges of Chicago Partnership Program Conference "Cultural and Cognitive Approaches to Teaching Writing and Mathematics to Undergraduates" (Chicago, IL, April 24, 1987).