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2. CONFER references

posted Nov 19, 2010, 7:53 PM by Jeff Ogden   [ updated Jun 2, 2014, 8:32 AM ]
From the MTS Bibliography at http://archive.michigan-terminal-system.org/bibliography:
Other references:
  • In the Karl Zinn papers at UM's Bentley Historical Library: Dissertation, Learning to CONFER: The Interplay of Theory and Practice in Computer Conferencing, Robert Parnes, 1981 (box 1, 2 folders)
  • Confer at the ISTA congress, Karl L. Zinn, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in ACM SIGCUE (Special Interest Group on Computer Uses In Education) Outlook, v11, i2, April 197, pp. 13-19
Abstract: Computing and telecommunications were used during the Second International Congress of the International Society for Technology Assessment (ISTA) to facilitate the discussion and contribute to the Congress report. In particular, the telecommunications activity was designed to enhance interaction on substantive issues and convergence on conclusions and interpretations. Only incidentally were we conducting an experiment or trial (with support from NSF) for a community of potential users of computer-aided conferencing.

See also: http://nro-dd.sagepub.com/lp/association-for-computing-machinery/confer-at-the-ista-congress-BIC1lhJAJy

  • Glossary,  pp.231-234 In Empowering networks: computer conferencing in education, Waggoner, Michael, Editor, Educational Technology Publications, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, 1992.
p. 232, Confer: One of the first better known systems, Confer was developed in the mid-1970s at The University of Michigan by Dr. Robert Parnes. It has been described as one of the most sophisticated of all the systems.  Its development has been closely tied to the MTS operating system (see below) which has to date limited its portability to other types of computer systems.

p. 233, Michigan Terminal System (MTS): A proprietary operating system developed at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It is the operating system for Confer. Several universities around the world are users of this unique computing environment.
  • SIGCUE (Paper Session)
    Karl L. Zinn, Robert Parnes, Helen Hench, Thomas A. Dwyer, Harold Abelson / Stuart D. Milner
    October 1976
    ACM '76: Proceedings of the 1976 annual conference
    Publisher: ACM
    Full text available: PdfPdf (23.37 KB)
    Additional Information: full citation, abstract, index terms


    Abstract: A provocative session on computer-based learning and communication environments will be sponsored by SIGCUE. Presentations on innovative uses of computers in education will include: computer-based conferencing as a resource and medium (Karl Zinn, et ...

  • "Using Computers to Teach Writing", in U-M Computing News, University of Michigan Computing Center, v.1 , #7, 27 October 1986
    Richard Meisler, Lecturer in U-M's Department of English, uses CONFER on MTS to effectively teach students how to write.
    Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015038722222?urlappend=%3Bseq=152
  • Computer-Based Teleconferencing and its Impact on Command and Staff Relationships within the United States Army, John Nicholas Leski, Jr., Materials Reliability Division, U.S. Army Materials Technology Labratory, June 1989. MTL TR 89-50 / AD-A210 122.  URL: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a210122.pdfhttp://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a210122.pdf
    • Abstract: This thesis considers how computer-based teleconferencing, as a new communications
      technology, is changing the way the United States Army performs its
      peacetime staffing functions and may be altering traditional command and staff
      relationships. It describes the Army's use of teleconferencing and attempts to
      forecast how this technology will shape headquarters' functions (the preparation
      of staff studies, plans, and policies) in the future. This thesis examines "white
      collar" productivity within the Army and attempts to analyze how personnel who
      use teleconferencing view their work. Concepts explored are: teleconferencing
      and its impact on overall job effectivene ss; teleconferencing and staff officer
      efficiency; teleconferencing and its impact on information access; and teleconferencing
      and its impact on responsibility, authority, and organizational
      structure. A survey was conducted on-line within the ARMY:FORUMNET system. Survey
      respondents represent a cross-section of the Army ranging from general officer
      to sergeant (N=203 respondents). Results show that computer-based teleconferencing
      is having a positive effect on staff procedures and command and
      staff relationships. Users report teleconferencing has increased their overall
      job effectiveness and has made their jobs easier.
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