ERIC Number: ED291368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Status of Computer Applications in the Southern Land-Grant Institutions Experiment Stations/Extension Services/Resident Instruction.
Rendiero, Jane; Linder, William W.
This report summarizes the results of a survey of 29 southern land-grant institutions which elicited information on microcomputer capabilities, programming efforts, and computer awareness education for formers, homemakers, community organizations, planning agencies, and other end users. Five topics were covered by the survey: (1) degree of organization of computer applications; (2) computer applications staff and staff development; (3) research and development of software for end users; (4) hardware; and (5) software distribution. Responses to the survey indicated that end users expected the universities' extension and research departments to provide them with assistance in hardware and software selection, training in the use of computers, help in interpreting and applying computer output, and the organization of science and associated technological information into databases for their efficient and timely use. The responses also indicated that the current status of computer application programs was still largely developmental in the five areas studied; three microcomputers, Radio Shack, Apple, and IBM, were most widely used by the institutions; and resource sharing was being promoted among the universities. A copy of the survey instrument is appended. (CGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, State College, MS.