Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Advanced Academic System

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Advanced Academic System

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The IBM Advanced Academic System is a comprehensive solution for the diverse needs of college faculty and enterprising K-12 educators. The system was designed from the ground up in response to a formal IBM request to leading college professors, who were asked to "clen the slate" and develop specifications for the best possible computer environment for their work. These educators specified an integrated solution that would be easy to use, easy to personalize, supportive of multimedia content--and affordable. The result is the Advanced Academic System.

Educators can use the Advanced Academic System to bring lectures and other classroom presentations to life with music, scanned images, videodiscs, even live video. They can also use it for scholarly research and writing, lab work, administrative duties, and personal work.

The Advanced Academic System can be set up in minutes. Just connect the hardware, and you're ready to run the comprehensive tutorial.

For a fast start, the Advanced Academic System is pre-loaded with a wide range of programs that faculty members find most useful. These include Microsoft Windows 3.0; academic editions of Word for Windows and Excel 3.0; CorelDRAW; and ToolBook, a faculty favorite for creating course materials. The system also provides a broad range of faculty-written model applications.

Because the Advanced Academic System is Windows-based, faculty members can work with several programs at once. Mouse-driven icons and pull-down menusmake interaction fast and friendly.

IBM Multimedia Clipmakers make it simple to select audio and video from CDs and videodiscs for lively augmentation of class presentations. As these utilities are integrated with the system, educators need not learn separate multimeda authoring systems to benefit from the power of multimedia.

"Our objective was to create a family of solutions that would address the broadest range of academic needs," says Mal Nechis, program director, hypermedia and instruction market development, IBM Academic Informations Systems. …

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