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

Computer Training Materials Bring Consistency to Curriculum

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

Computer Training Materials Bring Consistency to Curriculum

Article excerpt

In the past, instructors in the continuing education department of Bellevue Community College, located in Bellevue, Wash., were responsible for preparing their own teaching materials. Mostly part-time and teaching at other locations, these faculty led computer-content courses on popular software programs such as word processors, spreadsheets, databases, Windows and DOS. New teachers had to spend several months developing their own courseware before they could start teaching classes.

Bellevue's problem was that there was very little consistency in the curriculum from one teacher to the next and from one level of instruction to another. The director of Computer Programs, Continuing Education Department, Sharon Carpenter, sums up the situation: "Good teachers are not necessarily good courseware developers."

* Making the Switch

Carpenter explains that she had used training materials from ComputerPREP of Phoenix, Ariz., previously. Around a year and a half ago, she made the decision to implement their products across the board. "They offer a wealth of choices, their products are easy to follow and are well put together, they are consistent in format throughout the levels, and they are a solid company," she comments.

Every ten weeks Bellevue's Continuing Education department runs 70 non-credit workshops plus classes. Comprised of mostly older students, these workshops are held during the day or for two evenings per week, and on average 11 students attend. "Last quarter we had 2,600 students through our classes and workshops," Carpenter states. Topics range from Computers for the Fearful, to C++ and Visual Basic instruction.

ComputerPREP products used include those for Word, Excel, WordPerfect, Paradox, Lotus, DOS, Windows, Ami Pro and more. Included in each set are training manuals that students can keep after the class is completed and a diskette filled with practice files for the application covered. …

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