ERIC Number: ED418232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
The Information Workplace: Training the InfoTech Worker. Issues and Instructional Delivery Examined.
Educators must prepare students for jobs in the information workplace; as employees, they must recognize advantages of the changes to their future employment and adopt new approaches to teaching. Restructuring the organization around information is something that is now being, or will have to be, done by all businesses. A worker's primary activities increasingly include gathering, creating, manipulating, storing, and distributing information related to products, services, and customer needs. Educators must teach information technology workers work skills that are multiple, interrelated, and often performed simultaneously. Business and industry need workers prepared with and able to demonstrate information-related skills in four critical areas. Information technology workers must do the following: develop skills and attitudes that embrace change; adapt to and accept alternative work systems; refine intercultural business communication skills; and use communication networks effectively and stay current. Information, technology, and communication advances are the driving forces behind redefining educators' roles and the learning modalities they use to deliver instruction. Teachers must use computers as a tool and place greater emphasis in multimedia and distance learning. Business educators must be up to date on using electronic information and technologies and learning modalities and committed to the need for students to locate, assess, and apply information, not just to remember things. (YLB)
Descriptors: Business Education, Classroom Techniques, Communications, Distance Education, Educational Media, Information Management, Information Processing, Information Systems, Information Technology, Job Skills, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Organizational Change, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Las Vegas, NV, December 1997).