Teaching: The New B.M.O.C.s: Big Machines on Campus

For years U.S. educators have touted the potentialities of the computer as a teaching tool. Dartmouth Mathematician John G. Kemeny contends that "the computer revolution will be just as significant in education as the industrial revolution." Now, computers have arrived on many campuses for programmed instruction, the solving of intricate problems by students, and the simulation of real-life situations in computer-controlled "games." M.I.T.'s civil engineering department is so enthusiastic over computer-aided instruction that it divides history into "B.C." and "A.C." — before and after computers.

Because "computing is becoming al most as much a part of our working life...

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