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ERIC Number: ED466738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Success in Institutionalizing Basic Computer Skills Courses at a Community College Level.
Dodge, Lucy
This article outlines the development of basic computer literacy skills courses under the auspices of the Title III Grant awarded to San Jose City College (SJCC) of San Jose, California by the United States Department of Education (Grant no. PO31A980093, Strengthening Institutions, 1998-2003). The grant has been in effect for 3 years, and grant personnel have completed the objectives and goals outlined in this paper. The nine objectives of the program are as follows: (1) integration of fundamental technology skills courses into the curriculum; (2) training teachers and students in basic computer-related technology skills; (3) development of lab facilities; (4) definition and promotion of a common set of technology skills across the curriculum; (5) assisting faculty in developing curriculum materials; (6) use of local department strategies to support computer use in classrooms; (7) increase of student retention; (8) closing the gap between technology skills of SJCC students and skills required in the current job market in the Silicon Valley; and (9) infusion of technology skills into the instructional backbone of the college. Six technology skills courses, referred to as the Getting Started courses, were developed to promote basic skills information. Various groups of at-risk students piloted the Getting Started program. A learning community proved successful in terms of giving ESL students an introduction to computers. Future goals and activities as well as barriers to be addressed are also included. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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