ERIC Number: ED294013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Microcomputers in Distance Teaching Systems. ZIFF Papiere 70.
Microcomputers have revolutionized distance education in virtually every area. Used alone, personal computers provide students with a wide range of utilities, including word processing, graphics packages, and spreadsheets. When linked to a mainframe computer or connected to other personal computers in local area networks, microcomputers can facilitate communications between students and tutors, students and other students, tutors and other tutors, students and a school's administration, and tutors and the administration. Electronic mail even permits communications with other persons and institutions throughout the world. Microcomputers, especially when coupled with the capabilities of word processing software, graphics packages, and course authoring templates, can dramatically speed up and improve the course development and instructional materials production process. Computer-assisted and computer-managed instruction have both proved extremely successful at universities throughout the world, including the British Open University, Miami-Dade Community College (Florida), and North Island College (Canada). Courseware can easily be distributed via computer in the form of computer-assisted learning lessons rather than in printed form. Computer conferencing is another computer-mediated communications system that has proved extremely valuable in distance programs throughout the world. Microcomputers can also be used by distance learners to register for courses, request instructional materials, or complete various administrative forms (such as changes of address). The paper contains a brief foreword, written in German, by Helmut Fritsch. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Courseware, Distance Education, Educational Change, Electronic Mail, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: FernUniversitat, Hagen (West Germany). Zentrales Inst. fur Fernstudienforschung Arbeitsbereich.