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ERIC Number: ED298875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-7
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of College through Computers on the Future of American Education.
Senese, Donald J.
Within the present "Information Age" there is a grassroots movement calling for reform and improvement of our educational system. With the advent of the computer, this movement will stimulate profound changes over coming decades that will affect the number of off-campus students and adult education programs. Just as previous technologies brought significant opportunities for education, the computer will provide new opportunities by enhancing individualized interactive instruction in every kind of setting, from the school to the home, to the library, and to the community. It will allow for distance education courses, home study courses for individuals interested in self-growth, and a greater opportunity for corporations to train their workforces. Electronic learning offers low cost, quality individualized instruction as the computer adopts the best method of learning for individual students. Students can work at their own speed, drill themselves as needed, receive oral instructions if they learn better through hearing, or spend time reading and writing on screens if they learn better through visual information. Essentially, the computer will assist in both equity and excellence of education by providing accessible education to more people, while providing greater diversity of courses covering a wider range of knowledge. This expansion of education can develop a more knowledgeable population and informed worker and consumer, which in turn will aid American productivity at home and leadership in the world. (DJR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at a Dinner for Educators and Education Writers sponsored by Tele-Learning (New York, NY, March 7, 1984).