Higher Education in an Era of Digital Competition: Choices and Challenges

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9781891859328: Higher Education in an Era of Digital Competition: Choices and Challenges

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This book is being published at the dawn of a new millennium. The symbolic passage from one era to another invites speculation about the future and reflection about the past and its meaning for the future. "Higher Education in an Era of Digital Competition: Choices and Challenges" focuses upon critical knowledge and perspectives that will guide us in building a new system of higher education.

The authors begin with a fundamental belief that higher education can use new technologies as a positive shaping force in creating a responsiveness to all people and their increasing need for education and learning throughout a lifetime. Yet this is not, per se, a book about technology. Rather, the book provides a framework for viewing technology, expecially the new digital technologies, as an agent of positive change within universities. The authors' goal is to assist the reader in developing a more complete understanding of how teaching and learning, knowledge generation and preservation, organizational design and evaluation, and leadership can all function together within a changing and increasingly competitive external environment to produce a new responsiveness and diversity within higher education.

New digital technologies signal the beginning of a new, more dynamic and interactive world, with many different risks and new challenges... .

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About the Author:

Don Hanna is a professor of Educational Communications, University of Wisconsin-Extension, with a concurrent appointment as Professor of Continuing and Vocational Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gary Brown is the Director at the Center For Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT) at Washington State University, where he oversees the CTLT's assessment and technology efforts.

Chris Dede is a Full Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he has a joint appointment in the Schools of Information Technology and Engineering and of Education.

Donald Olcott, Jr. is Associate Dean for Extended University and Summer Session at the University of Arizona.

Janet Poley is President of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), a consortium of 50 state and land-grant universities based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also is a full professor.

Kathy Schmidt is Assistant Director for Instructional Design and Distance Education Support at the Center for Instructional Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin.

John Tallman is an attorney who recently retired from his position as senior legal counsel for the University of Wisconsin System, where he served as a legal advisor for 30 years.

Review:

Donald Hanna's book is the most up-to-date analysis of the changing electronic environment in which all institutions of higher education find themselves. -- Steve Crow, Executive Director of the North Central Association Commision on Higher Education

Here is a book that walks wisely and well between ... ideological extremes. -- Parker J. Palmer, author of "The Courage to Teach"

The time has come to look at the technology in a larger context... . It is refreshing to see a book which steps back and considers the issues...in the greater context of a rapidly changing global educational environment. -- Robert Threlkeld, Dean, Learning and Technology, California State University, Fresno

This is the best book I've read on the real issues facing higher education in an era of change... -- Bob Mendenhall, President, Western Governors University

[It] is a comprehensive look at the scope of the changes currently ocurring in universities. It reports on these monumental changes without judgments...allowing the reader to make up her or his own mind. This book fills a critical gap... --Sally M Johnstone, Director, Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications

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