ERIC Number: ED351058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan-25
Reference Count: N/A
Interactive Classroom Management/Extension through the Use of Computers.
Watson, Claude M.
The staff of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Lansing Community College (LCC), in Michigan, has developed a unique combination of techniques for course support. These techniques have been incorporated into an 11-week course, "Introduction to Computers," which meets for 4 hours of lecture each week, and provides hands-on experience in the computer laboratory using popular computer applications, involving operating systems, word processing, and desktop publishing. The computer laboratory has helped both students and faculty who lack experience with computers to gain valuable skills and confidence. One of the more popular assignments in the course unit on communications uses an electronic bulletin board system. Students produce written introductions of themselves, vote on discussion topics, and undertake conferencing entirely through electronic mail. Another valuable course exercise is the term paper, which is written in four stages, and which makes extensive use of the desk-top publishing program for title page development, bibliographic references, and text design. Students are given access to the computer as members of a class group. All files are stored on a central file server. While the instructor has access to all student files at all times, students cannot access each other's accounts but can access a common collection of files referred to as the "class library." The structure of the system allows the instructor to post messages for the students, to quickly assess how often students have accessed their files (to chart student progress), and to collect and correct course assignments electronically. The techniques and tools used in the course can be applied to other subjects as well. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Lansing Community Coll., MI.