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Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education

Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

The Internet has transformed higher education by changing the way universities and colleges teach students. As a result, many institutions are struggling to understand how the next generation of Internet technologies, including Web 2.0, multimedia, virtual presence, gaming, and the proliferation of mobile devices, will impact their students and infrastructures. .edu: Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education discusses how higher education institutions can use these technologies to enable learning environments. In the future, students will have complete access to any higher education resource, including expert scholars, lectures, content, courseware, collaborative dialogues, information exchanges, hands-on learning, and research – no matter where they are located. If fully enabled, this new learning environment will blur the lines between on- and off-campus experiences and remove barriers to learning and research – greatly improving the quality of education for students globally.
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5. Increase of Credible Content on the Web by Patricia D. Wilen, Ph.D.

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CHAPTER FIVE

Increase of Credible Content on the Web

Patricia D. Wilen, Ph.D.

How does the general public search for information on solving their problems? The Pew Institute conducted a telephone survey to explore this question, and, not surprisingly, found that in today’s high-tech society, people increasingly rely on the Internet to find answers to their problems: 58% of those interviewed said that they used the Internet either at home, at work, or at the public library.1 An abundance of data is now available on the Web on almost any topic.

This chapter focuses on some of the many available quality-content sources in a variety of areas, including but not limited to government, history, statistics, museums, science, medicine, health, and mathematics.

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