ERIC Number: ED369451
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Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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The Virtual Curriculum: Computer-Assisted Curriculum Development.
Leitzel, Thomas C.; Vogler, Daniel E.
Current conditions suggest that there will be an increased emphasis on customizing curricula to focus on the technological skills needed by workers to remain competitive. If community colleges are to continue as leaders in customizing training programs, they must consider ways to convince business and industry clients that up-to-date training programs making use of the latest concepts, theories, and practices can be developed in a timely manner. The concept of the virtual curriculum (VC) offers an alternative to traditional course development. With the VC, instead of diagnosing needs and developing responses that may take several weeks, business and industry clients are presented with a repository of course content through a computer database in a matter of minutes. Application software permits content in college credit courses to be aggregated and moved to a new configuration in a credit or non-credit arrangement to quickly prepare a syllabus that satisfies client needs. In addition to creating a responsive instructional culture at community colleges, benefits of the VC include the cooperation of industry executives and faculty in curriculum design teams, the ability to instantly create a course syllabus based on client needs, reduced staff time on course development, mutual dependency between industry and the college on subject matter exchange, and improved college-industry relations. Contains 12 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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