ERIC Number: ED401791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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The Challenge of Technology to Higher Education.
Salerno, Frederic V.; And Others
Studies in Public Higher Education, n6 Nov 1994
In this report three administrators explore the challenges of integrating technology into the mainstream of academic life especially at the State University of New York (SUNY). Frederic V. Salerno, in "Pedagogy is the Traveller on the Educational Superhighway," asks how technology can be integrated into academic life and sees the answer in an educational superhighway. In "SUNY's New Challenge and Choice: Instructional Technology--Old Byway or Superhighway?" Joseph C. Burke raises four issues: career skills, different types of students, public distrust, and new competitors. Technology is seen as the way to transform teaching methods and how students learn. The third paper, by James W. Hall, "The Revolution in Electronic Technology and the Modern University: The Convergence of Means," notes that technology and the increasing demand for postsecondary education are causing fundamental changes in how universities function as institutions of higher learning. Although distance education is one response to these changes, convergence, a concept that visualizes the university as a place of wide access, of multiplicity and replicability of resources, of limitless exchange and interconnection, is seen as the preferred road. To test these theories in the SUNY system, three objectives are defined: installation of a statewide information network, reconceptualizing how technology is being used, and converging instructional modes. But irrespective of any changes, the university must continue to maintain its central values. (CH)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrative Organization, Administrator Role, Convergent Thinking, Distance Education, Educational Methods, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Information Networks, Information Technology, Institutional Evaluation, Instructional Innovation, Productive Thinking, Productivity, Science and Society, Technological Advancement
Office of the Chancellor, State University of New York, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Office of the Chancellor.