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ERIC Number: ED387175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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A Longitudinal Study of Microcomputer Usage at the Community College Level in Kansas, Spring/94.
Leite, Pedro T.
As part of a longitudinal project to inventory computer equipment and identify current instructional use of microcomputers in Kansas community colleges, surveys were sent to the 19 community colleges in Kansas in spring 1994. The surveys solicited data on student enrollment, which subject areas utilized microcomputers, types of hardware available, operating systems used, microcomputer networking, and software sources. Questionnaires were received from 84% (n=16) of the colleges and findings were compared to an initial inventory conducted in spring 1992. Study results included the following: (1) 5 of the colleges had an overall enrollment of over 4,000 students, while 4 had an enrollment of 2,001 to 2,500; (2) all 16 respondents indicated that microcomputers were being used in computer literacy, word processing, spreadsheet, and database instruction, while accounting, computer science, and drafting were cited by 14 colleges; (3) from spring 1992 to spring 1994, the availability of microcomputers increased from 165 to 204 machines per college; (4) the use of powerful computers, such as the 486-based PC, also increased from 141 machines reported by 6 colleges in 1992 to 988 machines reported by 11 colleges in 1994; (5) while only one college reported the use of multimedia systems in 1992, 81% of the 1994 colleges did so; and (6) 10 of the 1994 colleges reported the use of commercial multimedia presentation packages, while 8 reported the use of multimedia presentations developed in-house by faculty and/or staff. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas