ERIC Number: ED415929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-18
Reference Count: N/A
Technology in Higher Education: Opportunities and Threats.
The California Educational Technology Initiative (CETI) for California State Universities proposes a ten-year, four-billion-dollar revenue partnership with a private consortium to finance educational technology. Due to the great increase in college enrollment and decreased state funding for higher education, some believe that online courses would be a cost-effective means of meeting instructional demand. However, the elimination of traditional expenses would give rise to new technological infrastructure expenses. Online courses may result in the downsizing of higher education by cutting down the number of full-time faculty and using more part-time instructors and technical support. Standards of accreditation for "cybercourses" may become relaxed and ultimately devalue the university degree. Legal issues of intellectual property rights may arise. Technology does offer opportunities for new levels of communication in higher education, but it also threatens to commercialize academic discourse and isolate students and faculty in cyberspace. Despite inconclusive research on the actual effects of technology on education, state and federal legislatures have increased technological funding in all levels of education. (YKH)
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Accreditation (Institutions), Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Higher Education, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Internet, Online Courses, Partnerships in Education, State Colleges, State Legislation, Student Role, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Technological Advancement, Telecourses
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Faculty Association of the Univ. of California-Los Angeles.