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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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6. Technology and Information Literacy

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CHAPTER SIX

Technology and Information Literacy

Postsecondary education and technology proficiency are required for jobs

In 2003, the Bush administration released a report, “The Higher Growth Job Training Initiative.” The goal of this initiative was to help prepare people for high-growth jobs and to make sure that, as the economy changes, people were not left behind due to lack of skills. It is the first step that the U.S. Department of Labor has taken to engage business and educational investment in finding solutions for the challenges facing the American workforce.

The report identified 14 high-growth sectors that were expected to add a substantial number of jobs to the economy either from existing or emerging businesses that have been transformed by technology and innovation and that now need new skills for workers. These sectors are advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, construction, energy, financial services, geospatial design, healthcare, homeland security, hospitality, information technology, retail, and transportation.1

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