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Submitted by taz346
taz346 (2715665) writes "I got a Bachelor's degree 30 years ago, but I recently started back to college to get an Associate's degree. Most of the core courses are already covered by my B.A. but one that I didn't take way back when was Introduction to Computing. I am taking that now but have been very disappointed to find that it is really just Introduction to Microsoft Office 2010. That's actually the name of the (very expensive) textbook. It is mindless, boring and pretty useless for someone who's used PCs for about 20 years. But beyond that, why does it have to be all about MS Office and nothing else? Couldn't they just teach people to create documents, etc., and let them use any office software, like Libre Office? It seems to me that would be more useful; students would learn how to actually create things on their computers, not just follow step-by-step commands from a dumbed-down book about one piece of increasingly expensive software. I know doing it the way they do now is easy for the college, but it's not really teaching students much about what they can do with computers. So when the class is over, I plan to write a letter to the college asking them to change the course as I suggested above. I'm not real hopeful, but what the heck. Do folks out there have any good suggestions as to what might be the most persuasive arguments I can make?"
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Ask Slashdot: How to ask college to change Intro to Computing?

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  • I imagine that could take a while. Writing a letter is where I'd start. But it could take several semesters worth of petitions to get their attention, especially if they have 'incentive' to remain partial to micro$oft. Getting enough people to back your idea could be tough, at least based on my experience. Open-source is not exactly a topic taken seriously by people in CS 101 (nor most administrative bureaucracies), as most are taking it as a required course. My associates IT degree was grossly geared towar
  • You specifically did not say what your bachelors degree was, nor did you say what your associates target degree was. You'll not be able to change the curriculum for intro to computing for everyone -- as it is also used as a non-core class for others, who want, and need a practical application class of immediate use -- and possibly never take another computing class. And these days, for most, it's going to be a course on the most immediately useful for other courses, and majors. So the default class these

One possible reason that things aren't going according to plan is that there never was a plan in the first place.

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