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ERIC Number: ED452803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 12
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Early Followers versus Early Adopters: The Use of Technology as a Change Lever Leads to Increased Learning and Decreased Costs in a Computer Fluency Course.
Walters, Deborah; Burhans, Debra; Kershner, Helene; Alphonce, Carl
Many early adopters of educational technology report increased costs-both in technology and in faculty time. This research shows how early followers can decrease costs by using existing online supplementary materials and a redesigned course structure that increases face-to-face contact and provides multiple means for students to learn course concepts. The experience of a course team at the University of Buffalo in the redesign of a computer fluency course is related. Based on this experience, evidence of the following prerequisites for early followers' success is provided: (1) if the physical infrastructure necessary for the course does not already exist at an institution, then the cost of providing such infrastructure will reduce any cost savings; (2) it is important to have good technical support before embarking on an early follower project; (3) the existence of adequate course management software is necessary; and (4) the existence of course specific software is needed. This work can serve as a model for other early followers within the university, and can also serve as a model for faculty at other institutions who wish to be early followers and create pedagogical use of technology that is scalable. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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