ERIC Number: ED381181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
It's a River, Not a Lake: A Report on Instructional Technology for the Maricopa Community Colleges.
This report examines the effects of technological change on Arizona's Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and assesses changes and progress made since the publication of MCCCD's Master Plan for Instructional Computing in 1986. The first section views constant change in computer technology as a running stream and examines the need for using resources to keep up with changes. The next section reviews planning assumptions and recommendations from the 1986 plan and measures progress at MCCCD as of 1993, indicating that student access to computer terminals has moved from 17 per terminal in 1986 to 7.7 per terminal in 1993 and that nearly all faculty and staff have networked desktop workstations. The next two sections describe the type of computing resources MCCCD would like to have in the future and issues of productivity, costs, learning/training, and understanding of change that present difficulties for reaching these goals. Finally, recommendations are offered for meeting future needs, including: (1) develop and implement a new learning paradigm for employee development which recognizes continual learning as a natural part of work; (2) support and encourage faculty who are preparing to relearn their art of teaching by utilizing new tools and techniques; (3) increase funding for instructional technology development for innovative projects; (4) describe and assess the effects of technology on student learning; (5) provide a base level of capital funding for technology; and (6) begin a thorough study of organizational structural reform of MCCCD. A chart of recommendations from the 1986 report and results is appended. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maricopa County Community Coll. District, Tempe, AZ. Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction.