ERIC Number: ED086262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: 0
How to Make "The Fourth Revolution". Human Factors in the Adoption of Electronic Instructional Aids. Memorandum Number 73/5.
Demerath, Nicholas J.; Daniels, Lois A.
The prospects and problems associated with getting American higher education to utilize more fully electronic technologies are examined. Part I surveys the diversity of higher education and its students and concludes that technological applications will have to be correspondingly varied, despite the tendency to "massification". Part II, consisting of four case studies, makes the points that there is no overwhelming enthusiasm for technology among faculty, students or administrators and that all groups favor small-scale enterprises which emphasize human contacts. Part III focuses upon ways to increase innovation and curb restraints, examining the role of faculties in innovation, academic disciplines as factors in change, and student power; it draws the conclusion that technological innovation is most likely to occur in new academic programs and in emerging educational models such as external degree programs. Part IV scrutinizes the concept of innovative networks and concludes that such associative relationships are necessary to the success of the fourth--i.e., the technological--revolution. (PB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Program on Application of Communication Satellites to Educational Development.