ERIC Number: ED392436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Establishing a Computer Literacy Requirement for All Students.
Kieffer, Linda M.
Several factors have indicated the necessity of formally requiring computer literacy at the university level. This paper discusses the reasoning for, the development of, and content of two computer literacy courses required of all freshmen. The first course contains computer awareness and knowledge that students should have upon entering the university; the content includes practical knowledge and use of computer components, operating systems, word processing, and computer graphics. The course credit does not count towards graduation. The second course includes practical knowledge and use of spreadsheet, database, library database searching, telecommunications, and the Internet; this course counts for university credit. Three parts make up the exam for the first literacy course: (1) a self-grading HyperCard stack that asks questions covering the course content; (2) a document on the Macintosh and a list of operations to perform on that document; and (3) a document on the DOS machine and a similar list of operations to perform. The second course exam is also composed of three parts: (1) a spreadsheet with a list of operations to define and enter; (2) a database with a list of queries to perform; and (3) a list of six questions from which the student must choose four to answer using the word processor. The courses consist of six 1-hour lectures and nine 1-hour lab classes. To assess the courses, a perception survey is given to students in the first and last lab classes. An appendix lists the concepts for both computer literacy courses. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: "Emerging Technologies, Lifelong Learning, NECC '95"; see IR 017 705.