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Microcomputer Training for Faculty: A Humane Approach. A Progress Report


The English department faculty training program at Purdue University-Calumet, Indiana, designed a program that would provide their entire staff with the skills necessary to use computer-assisted instruction and word processing to teach all levels of writing. Phase one of the program was a semester-long class designed for regular faculty, beginner level. During the first two weeks, faculty members were instructed in elementary word processing commands such as loading files or inserting text. In the next few sessions the group learned the remaining basic commands. Next, the instructor introduced two pieces of software: a dictionary and a punctuation and style checker. Faculty were then instructed to assume the role of student and use the program to create a 500-word theme. The last part of the course was devoted to teaching participants to run grammar and reading software. Phase two of the project was designed to introduce participants to advanced text processing, program modification, and additional representative programs that could be used throughout the writing process. Adjunct faculty were trained in phase three. If there were no time constraints, they repeated phase one. The alternative was to take an intensive short course, using a method similar to one used with composition students whose class met in the computer lab. (HOD)


Schwartz, E. Microcomputer Training for Faculty: A Humane Approach. A Progress Report. Retrieved November 17, 2019 from .

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