ERIC Number: ED446722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Digital Dilemma: Issues of Access, Cost, and Quality in Media-Enhanced and Distance Education. ERIC Digest.
van Dusen, Gerald C.
Public discourse on the pedagogical uses of information technology runs the gamut from utopian to apocalyptic. Two ideologies in particular have received much attention. The first, restructuralism, calls for radically restructuring postsecondary institutions from the ground up to respond effectively to social, demographic, and economic changes in society. The second, incrementalism, seeks evolutionary change as it preserves cherished principles of academic freedom, tenure, and faculty oversight. Although methods designed to achieve these ends will vary according to several factors, a foundation of common understanding based on research findings should center the debate and provide the basis for an acceptable resolution. The author addresses three questions: (1) What barriers to higher education must be removed to make its digitalized resources more universally acceptable? (2) What issues of cost and affordability must be addressed to ensure universal access? and (3) How will American higher education's reputation for quality and effectiveness be assured and maintained in the new technologically mediated environments? He then offers seven conclusions based upon research findings and ends with seven recommendations addressing the issues of access, cost, and quality. (Contains 13 references.) (PW)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Costs, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Information Technology
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.