ERIC Number: ED309743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Computers in Post-Secondary Developmental Education and Learning Assistance.
Christ, Frank L.; McLaughlin, Richard C.
This update on computer technology--as it affects learning assistance directors and developmental education personnel--begins by reporting on new developments and changes that have taken place during the past two years in five areas: (1) hardware (microcomputer systems, low cost PC clones, combination Apple/PC machines, lab computer controllers for instructional management); (2) peripherals (large screen projection, high speed printers, ribbon re-inkers, oversize monitors, printer buffers, modems, mouse alternatives, scanners, mark sensing, hard disk drives, computer equipment security, screen readers for the blind, eye-movement recording systems, and learning center accountability and bar code readers); (3) software (administrative, desktop publishing, multilingual, utilities, test generators, DOS tutorial, public domain, computer viruses and vaccines, printing efficiency software, grammar assistance, software source catalogs, special education and rehabilitation software, educational discounts, higher education 1987 software awards, academic courseware exchange, and a software database); (4) books and periodicals; and (5) professional associations and conferences. Current trends are then discussed, including software rental, software compatibility, computer swap meets, electronic universities, increased computer capacity, and expert systems; names and addresses of selected vendors are included. The paper concludes by describing five challenges presented to post-secondary educators by these innovations: (1) mastering computer technology; (2) networking for professional growth; (3) encouraging the development of imaginative, well-designed and useful educational software; (4) improving software purchasing decisions; and (5) collecting and organizing information for decision-making. (GL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Institute for Learning Assistance Professionals (4th, 1987).