ERIC Number: ED355977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Microcomputer Usage at the Community College Level in the State of Kansas.
Leite, Pedro T.
In spring 1992, a study was performed to identify the current use of microcomputers for instruction at community colleges in Kansas. A questionnaire was sent to 20 community colleges, requesting information on subject areas in which computers are used in instruction, types and quantities of computers used, types of operating systems used, use of local area networks, locations of computers, and sources of software. Study findings, based on responses from 18 colleges, included the following: (1) at 18 colleges, microcomputers were being used to teach computer science, data processing, and word processing; (2) 17 colleges taught popular business software, and 15 colleges taught data management programs; (3) other subject areas using computers included basic computer literacy, sciences, reading, arts, and mathematics; (4) 2,307 microcomputers were available for instruction at 14 responding colleges, with the most popular choices being the IBM compatible 386-based PC's and the Apple Macintosh; (5) more powerful 486-based PC's were present in 39% of the colleges, and laptop computers were found in just 28% of the colleges; (6) the most popular operating systems were MS/PC-DOS and the Macintosh systems; (7) the primary location for microcomputers at all colleges was the computer lab, followed by the college library and classrooms; (8) all 18 colleges used commercial software packages, and all but one indicated the use of public domain/shareware types of software; and (9) software written by instructors was used at 12 colleges. Overall, findings indicated that students and educators are becoming more comfortable and proficient in the use of microcomputers. The survey instrument is included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Butler County Community Coll., Butler, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas