This comprehensive study of five major areas of computer application in higher education presents the viewpoints of both purveyors and users of computer technology. The material is based on the EDUCOM 1977 Fall Conference. In the initial chapters of the book, Peter Roll and C. A, Conover offer a general perspective on the use of computing in higher education, noting that the use of small machines in a distributed fashion is changing the organization and application of computers on campus today. In succeeding chapters, the highlighted areas—office automation, distributed academic computing, distributed administrative computing, instructional systems, and information resources—are each examined with a three-part approach. First, technical issues related to the specific area are presented, then administrative issues are explored, and finally a reaction and overview are provided. The contributors recognize the gap that exists between the potential of computer technology for higher education and the reality of current applications; they all identify specific problems in their areas and suggest approaches to solving those problems. The concluding chapter addresses the technology transfer process in colleges and universities. Donald Smith advances the theory that the compatability of new technologies in distributed computing with the traditional distributed nature of higher education may well contribute to the rapid and effective use of computers in higher education.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Distributed Computing on Campus: An Introduction -- Closing the Gap Between Technology and Application -- Office Automation in the University -- Office Automation in the University: Technical Issues -- Office Automation in the University: Administrative Issues -- Office Automation in the University: Reaction and Overview -- Distributed Academic Computing -- Distributed Academic Computing: Technical Issues -- Distributed Academic Computing: Administrative Issues -- Distributed Academic Computing: Reaction and Overview -- Distributed Administrative Computing -- Distributed Administrative Computing: Technical Issues -- Distributed Administrative Computing: Administrative Issues -- Distributed Administrative Computing: Reaction and Overview -- Instructional Systems -- Instructional Systems: Technical Issues -- Instructional Systems: Administrative Issues -- Instructional Systems: Reaction and Overview -- Information Resources -- Information Resources: Technical Issues -- Information Resources: Administrative Issues -- Information Resources: Reaction and Overview -- The Technology Transfer Process in Colleges and Universities