ERIC Number: ED446547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Hidden Perils: Instructional Media and Higher Education. Occasional Paper.
Grossman, David M.
This booklet discusses issues to consider when using instructional media in higher education. Section 1 highlights quality control, discussing such key questions as how accountability and responsibility for creating instruction are determined and what the faculty's role is in determining how courses are to be adapted and delivered. Section 2 discusses the trivialization of instruction, noting that adopting instructional media methods deprives faculty of creative roles in instruction. Section 3 discusses the resulting homogenization of instruction. Section 4 examines the timeliness factor, or the loss of dynamic elements in instruction when using this static form of delivery. Section 5 discusses curriculum control, noting the potential for administrative tyranny. Section 6 discusses effects on the institution and the faculty who create such courses. For example, an institution loses control over the product which carries its name and reputation, and faculty who participate in course development for technological delivery take a back seat to production and technical personnel. Section 7 explains how to offer quality off-campus students instruction via modern technology, noting that instruction will be of higher quality if distance learning programs and technologically delivered instruction allow faculty to achieve the full realization of their professional responsibilities. (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Faculty, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Multimedia Instruction, Quality Control, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Univ. Continuing Education Association, Washington, DC.