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From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> I have a good deal of experience of college and university teaching.
> The problem with practical professional skills such as those mentioned
> is that it is impossible to organise practical classes or assessment.
> Where would you find a steady supply of faulty tapes of no value for
> classes of 15-20 students? How would you assess their skills?
Given the number of record collectors, that shouldn't be a problem! I
have about 5,000 78's, and a small stack of yard-sale LP's as is, that
should provide homework for this generation...
> Budgets for practical labs are extremely tight, and the authorities more
> and more prefer everything on a course to be done on computers. Even
> then, it is hard to get money for specialised software that would be
> used by only one course.
Is there any chance of getting a software firm to donate (or sell at a
reduced price) a multi-user copy of their "magnum opus" on the basis
that training users could help it become a standard application in
Steven C. Barr