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This paper describes the creation of a computer competency requirement at Mary Washington College (Virginia). The goal of the The goal of the requirement is to ensure that students acquire meaningful skills with technology, and that faculty increase their technological proficiency. The plan was developed based on a review of literature on other schools' approaches to teaching computer literacy. Phase One of the plan develops procedures for providing students with basic skills training in technology, which assure a minimal level of computer competency upon completion of the training. Phase One emphasizes five fundamental computing skills: creating a word processing document; creating a spreadsheet that involves calculations; accessing on-line information from the World Wide Web; using the campus computer network to send and receive information; and electronically locating topically relevant information within the campus library. In Phase Two, faculty develop a procedure and integrate technology into the curriculum. As faculty integrate technology more extensively across a diversity of academic areas, students will gain various experiences using technology. Supplementary skills taught in technology intensive courses may include: desktop publishing; programming; databases; creating web-based resources; translating file formats; graphics and drawing; and using and creating digital and analog video and sound. (SWC)

Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Computer Graphics, Computer Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Inservice Teacher Education, Microcomputers, Minimum Competencies, Skill Development, User Needs (Information), World Wide Web

Autor: Ayersman, David J.; And Others


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