ERIC Number: ED285444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Technology: Serving a Grand Idea.
Van Horn, Richard L.
The question of whether information technology can increase intellectual productivity is addressed. If concern for the intellectual productivity of professionals increases, universities are likely to become more important in society. Access to the knowledge base affects intellectual productivity. The way that people use the contents of the knowledge and skill base to solve problems also affects productivity. Information technology brings better access to the knowledge base, and it can also improve problem-solving because of the interactive nature of computers and the future potential of access to expert guidance for problem-solving. College instruction on the use of technology should focus on solving problems in the student's discipline or profession, as opposed to teaching students to write computer programs. Students' intellectual productivity should increase if they are provided a more unstructured environment and more independent activity. The college library might contain general purpose problem-solving programs that could be used in many different courses. Costs of information technologies and the advantages of resource sharing among universities are discussed, along with considerations for state governments. (SW)
Descriptors: College Instruction, College Libraries, College Role, Computer Oriented Programs, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Financial Support, Higher Education, Information Technology, Labor Force Development, Problem Solving, Productivity, Program Costs, Shared Resources and Services, State Aid
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
Note: Paper presented at the "Higher Education and the New Technologies: A Focus on State Policy" conference sponsored by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (Denver, CO, September 24-26, 1986).