BBC - Continuing Education Television
Computer Literacy Project
The BBC is to launch a major new project in the field of computer literacy, in January 1982. The aim of the project is to introduce interested adults to the world of computers and computing, and to provide the opportunity for viewers to learn through direct experience how to program and use a microcomputer.
The project is built around a ten-part television series, and includes a book, a linked microcomputer system complete with User Guide, a range of applications programs, and an associated course
in programming in BASIC provided by the National Extension College.
The project f o r m s part of a long-term commitment by BBC Education to public i n f o r m a t i o n in the broad f i e l d of microelectronics, which has included the three-part series 'The Silicon Factor', and in the current year also includes the fivepart series on applications of computers in business and
industry, 'Managing the Micro1 (to be repeated Mondays, BBC-2, 7th January - 4th February 1982), and two programmes on the implications of microelectronics for teachers, 'Micros in the
Classroom*. For details of f u t u r e radio and television series see below.
THE TELEVISION SERIES
The ten television programmes will be entitled 'The Computer Programme1. They are designed to be useful both to home-users and to viewers in schools and colleges.
For colleges and schools, the series will be transmitted weekly on Mondays at 1500 on BBC-2 from January llth 1982, and repeated at a similar time in the Autumn from mid-October. The series will probably have several further repeats for both home-users and institutional use in later years.
It was originally intended that the first broadcast of the series for viewers at home would run from January 10th 1982. However, demand for the microcomputer has been so great that it has been
decided to postpone this transmission for five weeks, so as to allow more potential viewers to acquire microcomputers before the first programme. The programmes will therefore now be transmitted on Sunday mornings on 'BBC-1 weekly from February 14th 1982, and repeated late-night on 'BBC-1 on Mondays from March 22nd 1982. The series will be repeated on Sunday mornings on BBC-1,
in the Autumn, from October 10th to December 12th. Although viewers who possess a BBC Micro
computer (see below) will be able to try out the examples shown in the programmes on their
own equipment, the programmes will be designed to be of interest and value either to people who own other microcomputers, or to those who do not have access to a computer at all.