Needs of Iowa Instructional Microcomputer Users
Schrag, Dennis Michael
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The problem. This study determined what Iowa instructional microcomputer users identified as their personal concerns, instructional design needs and technical assistance needs and the preferred mode and source of addressing those needs. By identifying the needs of the first generation of microcomputer users, support service providers may be better prepared to assist local district educators in better using microcomputer technology. Procedures. Three typical instructional microcomputer users nominated by each of the fifteen area education agency directors of educational services, were interviewed using a structured interview instrument. Findings. Personal concerns of instructional microcomputer users were focused on the amount of time that was demanded to learn how to use hardware and in preparation of instructional software. Users consistently reported a desire to train their fellow faculty members on the use of the micro. Instructional design needs of the users included the desire to learn how to adjust available software to better address local circumstances, the development of a model cataloging system and individual program documentation format, additional software in the basic skills disciplines, and model curriculum guides for computer literacy courses. The area education agencies were identified as the preferred source of addressing these needs. Technical assistance needs included: workshops on basic repair and maintenance of hardware, and courses in machine language and assembler language. The area education agencies and the institutes of higher education respectively were identified as the preferred source of addressing those needs. Recommendations. Support service providers in the state including the Iowa Department of Public Instruction, area education agencies, professional organizations and local districts should develop a comprehensive plan to distribute available services and resources to address the needs of instructional microcomputer users and their students. Additional study on the appropriate use of the micro is needed.
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