ERIC Number: ED405012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Transferring Emerging Technology from ICT-115 "Computer Aided Writing" to a Three-Way Coordinated Program in Vocational Literacy.
Vocational Literacy is a new academic field which has arisen in response to criticism from industry that vocational graduates are not sufficiently literate to perform on the job. South Seattle Community College (SSCC) in Washington has investigated the feasibility of coordinating courses in computer literacy with English and technical courses to create a three-way coordinated curriculum in workplace literacy. The feasibility study considered which technical, English, and computer courses should be coordinated; how English could be coordinated with computer and technical courses; what should be taught in the English courses; what techniques should be used to assess English skills for initial and ongoing placement in selected courses; what teacher qualifications would be required for these courses; and what kinds of teacher development programs would be necessary to support these courses. The coordination of writing courses with computer courses has been explored in ICT (Industrial Computing Technology) 115, "Computer Aided Writing." The course was designed to teach technical students to find, organize, and effectively communicate business-related information to a typical business audience. The course takes place in a classroom with one computer per student and is organized into five overlapping phases: document design, document production, assessment and goal setting, practice and remediation, and reference and research. ICT-115 is still evolving, but the course seems to have partially met the goal of capturing the interest and imagination of technical students in writing with emerging technology. (PAA)
Descriptors: College English, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, English Instruction, English (Second Language), Faculty Development, Feasibility Studies, Two Year Colleges, Word Processing, Workplace Literacy, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Seattle Community Coll., Washington.
Note: Title III Cooperative Grant Project Report. Part III. For parts I and II, see JC 940 014. There are references throughout this report to numbered appendices (I to XVI). For copyright reasons, these appendices are not attached.