Consider the great computer watershed: numbers one one side, letters on the other. The computer can manipulate and analyze both with equal ease. Indeed, the age of word processing in academic writing programs is just beginning to dawn across the nation, and more than a few institutions are awakening to the fact that a revolutionary change in curriculum is being incubated. This newsletter is a resource for guiding that application.
"The Many Facets of Computer Communications" is the theme of this year's conference of the IEEE Professional Communication Society to be held in Atlanta, GA, October 19-21. The technology in written communication subdivision will include presentations on word processing, writing and editing on terminals, and personal computers vs. main utility. More information can be obtained by writing to the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers, Inc., 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017.
For students and professors in a wide variety of disciplines, writing is--or should be--a primary tool for learning. The computer can help with all phases of the writing process, from the heuristic mustering of an idea-base to oft-neglected revision. It can provide a quantitative measure of a writer's style--or allow a professor with a standalone system to offer detailed, student-specific comment sheets. The word processor not only saves time, conserves labor, and solves problems, but it also reinforces the traditional mission of writing programs.
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