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ERIC Number: ED348943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Pages: 6
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Educating the Faculty and Staff to Computer Use: A Working Model.
Armel, Donald; Barger, Robert
This paper describes how Eastern Illinois University (EIU) has approached the problem of training faculty to use and support its computer network by creating a new faculty committee called the Computer Resource Faculty (CRF). The Educational Computing Network (ECN) at EIU currently provides e-mail, bulletin boards, BITNET connections, simulation packages, statistical software, and manufacturing software for students and faculty. The purpose of the CRF is to expand computer use in all aspects of education and provide support to users of the network. The CRF consists of at least one faculty member from each of the major academic units at the university. In the past some faculty members have felt the Academic Computing staff were too technically oriented to comfortably handle the faculty's academic problems. The role of CRF is to act as a liaison between the Academic Computing staff and the general faculty. The CRF has no specific duties or guidelines, which allows the committee to have maximum flexibility to meet each unit's needs. Key implementation concepts of the CRF include flexibility to meet individual needs; faculty training by peers; group meetings with Academic Computing; and training the trainer. Future needs of CRF are financial resources for developing materials, purchasing software, and inviting speakers; recognition of activities of committee members as part of their workload; release time to organize and train; and user role models from departmental leaders. (ALF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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