The Role of Information Technology in Quality Education

The Role of Information Technology in Quality Education

G. David Garson (North Carolina State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-86-5.ch011
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Discusses the rise of information technology functions in higher education and the related advent of quality standards for on-line education. The limited nature of existing guidelines is emphasized, particularly in the dimension of establishing authentic relationships, empowerment of faculty and students, and the inculcation of critical thinking. The Borkian vision of the future of education is summarized and contrasted with the limits if not failure of the legacies of past large-scale educational investments in programmed learning and in computer simulation. The drift toward mandated standards in on-line/distance education is discussed as well as the tension of this with empowerment concepts. Further contrast is drawn between the competing models of the university as “community of scholars” and as “marketplace of consumers.” Cost-cutting motives for on-line course delivery are explored in some detail, raising issues about radical proposals to restructure university teaching functions. A hybrid model, involving both computer-mediated and face-to-face methods, is seen as the superior instructional strategy, but the cost of this model raises the danger that a two-tier educational system will emerge – a more expensive upper tier with sound traditional education supplemented with the benefits of electronic media, and a cheaper, inferior tier dispensing programmed training to meet objectives far narrower than the traditional goals of liberal education.

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G. David Garson
Chapter 1
Anita Blanchard, Tom Horan
Robert Putnam (1993) has developed a theory of social capital to explain the effect of decreasing community participation and civic engagement on... Sample PDF
Virtual Communities and Social Capital
Chapter 2
Byron L. Davis, Edward L. Kick
Local technological applications and their implications for human welfare depend not only on the most proximal environment, but also upon... Sample PDF
Human Capital Issues and Information Technology
Chapter 3
Grant Blank
By simplifying communication, the Internet is causing significant, broad changes. This chapter describes some effects of the Internet on teaching... Sample PDF
The Progress of the Internet
Chapter 4
James Stewart, Robin Williams
Multimedia technology is becoming ubiquitous in modern society, and it is having profound effects on institutions and our expectations of the... Sample PDF
The Co-Evolution of Society and Multimedia Technology
Chapter 5
Patrick Novotny
The advent of technology is reshaping the landscape of political campaigns. Cable television, satellite uplinks, cellular telephones, facsimile... Sample PDF
The World Wide Web and Local Media and the 1996 Presidential Election
Chapter 6
Eric Riedel, Marc J. Wagoner, Libby Dresel, John L. Sullivan, Eugene Borgida
The impacts of new technologies often belie the hopes of proponents and the fears of detractors. For example, Claude Fischer (1992) in his thorough... Sample PDF
Electronic Communities: Assessing Equality of Access
Chapter 7
Brian M. O’Connell
Following a brief consideration of the role of rhetoric in law, science and policy, this chapter explores how rhetorical accounts of new... Sample PDF
Ethics, Law and Information Technology: The Transformative Role of Rhetoric
Chapter 8
Steven M. Schneider
Computer-mediated discussion is an increasingly popular method of engaging in political talk with other citizens. This article presents a case study... Sample PDF
Creating a Democratic Public Sphere through Political Discussion
Chapter 9
Brian Kroeker
The World Wide Web (WWW) is changing the face of today’s academic libraries — the way we use them and how we give value to them. In this article I... Sample PDF
Changing Roles in Information Dissemination and Education
Chapter 10
Mark A. Shields
This chapter takes a critical look at the current enthusiasm for on-line distance education and virtual learning, as well as some deeper cultural... Sample PDF
Technological Change, Virtual Learning, and Higher Education: Prospects, Problems, Potentials
Chapter 11
G. David Garson
Discusses the rise of information technology functions in higher education and the related advent of quality standards for on-line education. The... Sample PDF
The Role of Information Technology in Quality Education
Chapter 12
Paula Lackie
In just about every field, people are working to cut back resource use while expanding services and productivity. This extends to the teaching of... Sample PDF
The Paradox of Paperless Classes
Chapter 13
John P. Robinson, Meyer Kestnbaum, Andrew Kohut
One measure of the impact of the personal computer is in terms of its time displacement of other activities; mass media generally are considered a... Sample PDF
Personal Computers, Mass Media, and Other Uses of Free Time
Chapter 14
Steven Vallas
Research on the restructuring of work has tended to neglect the autonomous effects that symbolic or cultural influences can have on the utilization... Sample PDF
Manufacturing Knowledge: Technology, Culture, and Social Inequality at Work
Chapter 15
Nicole B. Ellison
This chapter examines the state of the art in telework research. The author reviews the most central scholarly literature examining the phenomenon... Sample PDF
Researching Telework: Past Concerns and Future Directions
Chapter 16
R. Alan Hedley
This chapter1 examines implications of the information revolution for the global inequalities between North and South. A multidimensional empirical... Sample PDF
The Information Age: Apartheid, Cultural Imperialism, or Global Village?
Chapter 17
Karina Funk
This chapter reviews novel initiatives for improving the content of information on sustainable development and novel initiatives for increasing... Sample PDF
Networking for Sustainable Development: Innovative Approaches Outside the "Global Village"
Chapter 18
Roger Pfister
Talking about Africa’s right to information means talking about communication in Africa and in the Third World generally. In Africa the channels of... Sample PDF
Information In and On Africa: Past, Present and Future
Chapter 19
Kerry Ferguson
Communication is the fastest growing industry in the world due to a transformation of world information flows caused by the convergence of... Sample PDF
World Information Flows and the Impact of New Technology
Chapter 20
William Sims Bainbridge
Computer-related developments across the social sciences are converging on an entirely new kind of infrastructure that integrates across... Sample PDF
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