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ERIC Number: ED360008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Are We Using Instructional Technology Effectively?
Friedlander, Jack
There has been dramatic growth at community colleges over the past decade in the use of computer and video technology in instruction programs, in academic and career counseling processes, to access libraries and other information databases, and for specific student support services. This has resulted in the creation of new support staff positions to manage computer programs, maintain equipment, and train staff. Since resources available to two-year colleges remain scarce, the increased use of computer technology raises important questions about sources of money to support initial capital investments and cover ongoing costs of instructional technology, and the ability of colleges to afford using both traditional and new technology-based instructional delivery systems. In California, a substantial portion of the funds used to purchase instructional technology in recent years has come from state equipment allocations paid for by voter approved bonds and state lottery allocations. The continued availability of these allocations is uncertain. Institutional operating costs are rising faster than cost-of-living adjustments from the state, and community colleges are in essence diverting funds from other areas of their budgets to pay for technology-based instructional delivery systems that operate alongside existing delivery systems. Community college leaders, therefore, should begin experimenting with methods of incorporating instructional technology into restructured delivery systems that utilize the capabilities of technology while maintaining the benefits of existing systems. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A