ERIC Number: ED329151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
The Computer Revolution in Teaching. Accent on Improving College Teaching and Learning, 5.
Johnston, Jerome; Joscelyn, Mary K., Ed.
Research findings on computer use in college courses are reviewed. Faculty who have utilized computers in their courses report that computers increase student engagement, add realism to instruction, promote skill mastery and understanding of basic principles, augment laboratory experiences, and encourage inferential thinking. Five case-study excerpts show how computer use impacts student learning. Faculty report that computer usage requires a heavy, ongoing investment of their time in finding or developing software, training students, adapting curriculum, and modifying lectures or exercises. It is concluded that computer-based learning motivates faculty and students alike, differs from traditional lecture and discussion classes in several ways, requires leadership, and is costly, but has great rewards. Nine further readings are listed. (JDD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Higher Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
National Center for Research to Improve Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, 2400 SEB, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259 (free with self-addressed, stamped envelope).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research to Improve Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI.; Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.