Author(s)Van Dusen, Gerald C.
George Washington University (USA)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education (USA)
Association for the Study of Higher Education (USA)
higher education institutions
educational interaction process
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AbstractThe writer discusses technology and reform in higher education. Higher education is now moving from modest experimentation with information technologies to mainstream adoption. These new technologies have implications for five critical areas: teaching, learning, scholarly activity, organizational culture, and governance and finance. The already serious repercussions of reform efforts warrant a number of conclusions. A paradigm shift can occur only where there is commitment to comprehensive reform, change to collaborative learning in the classroom is likely to require a considerable commitment to professional development, academic productivity must be defined given the continuing market-driven nature of higher education, a variety of distance learning venues seem to be adequately serving new constituencies, the total quality management movement is making impressive inroads in administration but not in academia, institutional support for applications development is slow, and vacillation may undermine general education requirements in electronically delivered programs. Recommendations for integrating information into teaching, learning, and research are outlined.
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