An Introduction
to the Computer-Integrated Program
                           

1.   What is CIC?

2.   What writing courses are offered in the CIC Program?

3.   How are CIC courses different from a traditional writing class?

4.  What sort of computer experience is required?

5.   What kinds of technology is used in the classroom

6.   How do I sign up for a CIC course?

7.  What are the pros and cons of taking CIC?


1. What is CIC?

CIC is a program that is committed to the idea that teaching humanities can be facilitated through the use of technology - especially computers. Our classes are held in specially adapted classrooms, designed by experienced instructors, and incorporate a range of technologies, from networked computers and projection screens to video equipment.

2. What writing courses are offered in the CIC Program?

The Expository Writing Program offers a computer-integrated version of all of its 100-level writing courses - English 104/5, English 111, English 121, English 131, and English 182. Descriptions of each of these courses can be found on the Expository Writing Home Page. There are approximately twelve CIC courses offered every term.

3. How are CIC courses different from a traditional writing class?

A CIC course covers the same material as conventional 100-level writing courses, but it combines the best of traditional instruction with the benefits of computer-aided writing. Students spend time debating, writing, and working through material BOTH in the face-to-face environment of a conventional classroom and through independent and collaborative work in/on a computer network.

4. What sort of computer experience is required?

CIC instructors are prepared to teach students with diverse levels of experience with computers. Inexperienced students will find that our technology is easy to learn and that the program provides a well-trained and accessible support staff to help them become comfortable in a computerized environment. Students with a great deal of experience enjoy the opportunity to use technology as a part of the day-to-day activities of the classroom.

5. What kinds of technology is used in the classroom?

6. How do I sign up for a CIC course?

Students register for CIC courses through STAR, as they would for any other expository writing class. Look for the "computer integrated" listing underneath the course listing, as in the sample below:

  • ENGL 111 Composition: Lit (C)
    3073 A 5 MW 830-920
    TTH 830-920
    DEN 311
    DEN 309
    FRESHMAN, SOPHMRS ONLY
    COMPUTER INTEGRATED
  • 7. What are the pros and cons of taking a CIC course?

    We feel the best assessment of the success of our program comes from our students. If you would like to see a selection of student comments taken from course evaluations, then click here.

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