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A College Student’s Guide to Computers in Education

A College Student’s Guide to Computers in Education

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A College Student’s Guide to Computers in EducationPage 1
A College Student’s Guide to Computers inEducation
Dave Moursund (6/29/07)University of OregonEmail:moursund@uoregon.edu Web:http://uoregon.edu/~moursund/dave/index.htm Free books by Dave Moursund:http://uoregon.edu/~moursund/dave/Free.html#Books 
Abstract
This short book is for undergraduate and graduate college and university students, and for othersthinking about enrolling in higher education courses. The information and ideas presented willhelp you to obtain an education that will be useful to you throughout your life in our rapidlychanging Information Age world.
Change
is an underlying theme of this book. You are living at a time of a rapid technologicalchange. The rate of change is increasing. Such change brings with it both threats andopportunities. You can shape your informal and formal education to diminish the threats andincrease the opportunities.
Gaining a competitive advantage
is another underlying theme of the book. Whatever your areas of interest, you can gain a competitive advantage by developing a higher level of expertisein the areas and by developing an increased level of expertise in using computers in the areas.Computer technology is a powerful aid to representing and helping to solve problems andaccomplish tasks in every academic discipline.This book is a companion to
 A Faculty Member’s Guide to Computers in Higher Education,
 which is available free on the Websitehttp://uoregon.edu/~moursund/Books/Faculty/Faculty.html. The two books share many of thesame ideas, but these ideas are presented from two quite different points of view.
Copying Rights
This book is Copyright © David Moursund 2007. However, it can be accessed free on theWeb in both PDF and Microsoft Word formats. This is done under the Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License. More detail is available athttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.These copying rights allow you and others to make copies of all or parts of these materialsfor non-commercial purposes. You can share these materials with others you feel will benefitfrom using them. You can link to them from your Website.
 
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About Dave Moursund, the Author
“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” (GeorgeSantayana)
Doctorate in mathematics (specializing in numerical analysis) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Instructor, Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics andComputing Center (School of Engineering), Michigan State University.Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computing Center, University of Oregon.Associate and then Full Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Oregon.Served six years as the first Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Oregon, 1969-1975.Full Professor in the College of Education at the University of Oregon for more than 20years.In 1974, started the publication that eventually became
Learning and Leading withTechnology
, the flagship publication of the International Society for Technology inEducation (ISTE).In 1979, founded the International Society for Technology in Education ). Headed thisorganization for 19 years.Author or co-author of about 50 books and several hundred articles in the field of computersin education.Presented about 200 workshops in the field of computers in education.Served as a major professor for about 50 doctoral students (six in math, the rest in education).Served on the doctoral committees of about 25 other students.Founding member of the Math Learning Center. Served on the MLC Board of Directorssince its inception in 1976, and chaired the board for several years.For more information about Dave Moursund and for free online, no cost access to 20 of his books and a number of articles, go tohttp://uoregon.edu/~moursund/dave/.
 
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Table of Contents
About Dave Moursund, the Author...............................................2Table of Contents..........................................................................3Preface..........................................................................................6
Prerequisites for the Reader..................................................................6
 
This Book Tells a Story About Change................................................6
 
Increasing Your Levels of Expertise....................................................7
 Chapter 1. Introduction.................................................................9
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Learning...................................9
 
Writing for Online Reading.................................................................10
 
Helping Yourself to get a Better Education.......................................11
 
Assessing Your Current Education.....................................................12
 
Your Personal Goals in Education......................................................13
 
Summary and Self-Assessment...........................................................13
 Chapter 2. Inventing Your Future...............................................15
A Little Bit of Computer History........................................................15
 
Forecasting the Future.........................................................................17
 
Some Visionaries.................................................................................18
 
ICT is Worldwide.................................................................................23
 
Summary and Self-Assessment...........................................................23
 Chapter 3. Expertise and Problem Solving..................................25
Expertise...............................................................................................25
 
Problem Solving...................................................................................29
 
Academic Disciplines..........................................................................33
 
Summary and Self-Assessment...........................................................34
 Chapter 4. Human and Artificial Intelligence..............................36
Definitions of Intelligence...................................................................36
 
Measuring Intelligence of People and Machines...............................40
 
Human and Machine Memory.............................................................43
 
Artificial Intelligence...........................................................................44
 
Expert Systems.....................................................................................46
 
Summary and Self-Assessment...........................................................47
 Chapter 5. Computer-Assisted and Distance Learning.................49
Feedback and Learning........................................................................49
 

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