ERIC Number: ED438010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Literacy for Community College Students. ERIC Digest.
This digest expands the definition of computer literacy to include information literacy, delineates issues surrounding student access to new technologies, describes courses that include instruction in computer-related skills, summarizes efforts at including computer literacy among general education requirements, and addresses the faculty role in furthering computer skills. Definitions of computer literacy vary depending on the type of degree program or the course in which they are being used. With the increase in access to the Internet, definitions of computer literacy have expanded to include the ability to use e-mail, graphical interfaces such as Netscape, online publishing, and the ability to evaluate the content of online materials. Access to technology improves access to educational opportunities. Institutions must do their part by providing adequate equipment and training opportunities, and students must do their part by participating in computer-skills training. Mastery of new technologies also benefit faculty, through improving instruction, by increasing productivity, by expanding access to more instructional technologies, and facilitating participation in distance learning. Success in adopting computer literacy as an aspect of community college general education requirements has been increasing, and as it increases, it will steadily enhance the educational aspects of the junior college. (Contains 10 references.) (VWC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Attitudes, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Strategies, Educational Technology, Information Literacy, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Univ. of Los Angeles, 405 Hilgard Ave., 3051 Moore Hall, P.O. Box 95121, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1521. Tel: 800-832-8256 (Toll Free); Fax: 310-206-8095. For full text: http://www/gseis.ucla.edu/ERIC/digests/dig0001.html.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.