ERIC Number: ED314115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
California Department of Education and California Community College Chancellor's Office Vocational and Technical Education Computer-Managed and Aided Instruction Project: Project Summary.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
This description of the Computer-Managed and Aided Instruction (CMAI) Project includes a summary of a December 1989 CMAI planning meeting, the text of a paper presented at the meeting, and descriptions of each of the five phases of the project. The paper, "Programming the Future," by Gerald C. Angove and Scott Smith, discusses: (1) the far-reaching impact of microcomputers and innovative software on industry, the workforce, and education; (2) the need for more highly skilled, knowledgeable workers in the American education system; (3) the need for a partnership between industry and education to transform the single-skilled worker into a multi-skilled worker; (4) a training partnership developed between Pacific Bell and Sierra Community College, and the resulting benefits to both parties; (5) the challenge to train a new generation of workers and retrain 80% of today's workforce in the next 5 years; and (6) the need for industry to provide resources to enable educators to be better prepared for the training and retraining challenge. The five phases of Sierra Community College's CMAI project are described next. Phase I involved the identification and evaluation of computer programs available in all vocational trades, the publication of a catalog of software, the identification of additional software requirements, the development of software to supplement existing packages, and a series of teacher workshops focusing on results. Phase II of the project was devoted to updating software, evaluating programs not assessed in phase I, and strengthening the evaluation instruments. During phase III, the need to update software evaluations became more apparent and, as a result, the CMAI workshops focused on informing instructors about the changes in software programs that would affect their curricula. A significant accomplishment of phase IV was the redesigning, updating, and strengthening of the general, construction, computer-aided design, and electronics evaluation instruments. The objectives of phase V included the development of a library of evaluated computer software, the evaluation of new software, and the inclusion of electronic publishing technology in the software evaluations. (JMC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software Reviews, Educational Technology, Futures (of Society), Job Training, Retraining, School Business Relationship, Skill Obsolescence, Teacher Workshops, Technological Literacy, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.