Faculty Use of Electronic Communications Before and After a LAN Installation: A Three-Year Analysis

Faculty Use of Electronic Communications Before and After a LAN Installation: A Three-Year Analysis

Marilyn L. Wilkins (Eastern Illinois University, USA) and Karen Nantz (Eastern Illinois University, USA)
Copyright: © 1995 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.1995010101
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Abstract

Electronic communication (EC), the ability to communicate computer to computer has the potential to greatly change communications patterns in colleges and universities, but research on how faculty use EC for teaching, research, and service activities in sparse. This three-year study tracks actual and perceived future use of EC for teaching, research, service, and personal activities in a college of business at a state-supported midwestern university. A survey instrument was developed to obtain the data just prior to the installation of a college-wide local area network (LAN) and in two subsequent years. During the study period, the use of EC increased dramatically. Teaching uses remained low for all three years and perceived uses for teaching were also low. Research activity was one of the highest during year one and more than doubled during the study period. Service activities increased the most dramatically with a majority of respondents sending and receiving meeting minutes by year three. Personal use of the network was one of the highest uses in year one and also increased dramatically by year three. Overall, perceptions of future use decreased over the three-year period as the uses of EC matured.

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