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ERIC Number: ED416482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 25
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Writing and Computer Skills: Students Need More Time!
Tichenor, Stuart
Writing students at two-year colleges need more time and training to become better writers and computer users. Changes in writing instruction should expand students' knowledge of the writing process and increase their computer literacy; doing so should also increase their employability. The commitment of Oklahoma State University--Okmulgee to computer literacy has allowed the communications faculty in the General Education Department to require computer-generated writing assignments in Freshman Composition I and II classes as well as Technical Writing I and II classes. The efficiency of computers in promoting the writing process has been debated widely with reactions varying from hearty approval to damning disapproval. Perhaps the best support for competency-based education (CBE) comes from the workplace. Multimedia environments, if done properly, are worthwhile and valuable teaching tools. In the area of distance education, however, curriculum developers and instructors need to consider the educational level and learning skills of students involved. For the students' sake, writing instruction should also continue to include large amounts of teacher/student interaction in the computer classroom. One of the major objectives of teaching writing should be to teach students writing skills which will help them become better employees. Writing teachers who use computers must also teach a basic level of computer word-processing skills. Instructors should use mini-lectures which will leave them free to roam the room to help students as needed. (Contains 29 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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