ERIC Number: ED426718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-16
The Roads behind and the Paths ahead.
Green, Kenneth C.
This paper explores the theme of convergence in higher education, focusing specifically on the growing demand for increased access to higher education, lifelong learning to support multiple jobs and careers, and the expanse and availability of resources in information technology. The article is divided into the following sections: (1) Converging Conference Themes, discussing the outdated nature of academic writing on the topics; (2) Technology and the Organization of Academic Work, addressing the need for individuals to accept responsibility for change; (3) Great Aspirations, discussing the high expectations that academics in education have long held for the potential role of computers and other new technologies; (4) Waiting for the Revolution, expanding on the questions that exist regarding information technology-based education, and discussing content, delivery and infrastructure; (5) The Road Behind, focusing on the history of American higher education; (6) The Instructional Mission, defining its components: content, context and certification; (7) Distance Learning: Swapping Convenience for Context; (8) The Paths Ahead--Mapping the Terrain; and (9) Fear and Trembling vs. Market Segmentation, offering a view of the future. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Claremont Graduate Univ., CA.
Note: Revised version of a plenary session presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Western Cooperative for Education Telecommunications (Reno, NV, October 16, 1998).