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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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8. Faculty and Technology

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CHAPTER EIGHT

Faculty and Technology

As technology continues to rapidly move ahead, it will become increasingly important to have strategies in place to ensure integration and use of technology in the college environment. Unfortunately, in the past few years, faculty in higher education have moved from being creators and innovative users of the Internet to late and resistant adopters.

Faculty and universities were at the forefront of the development of the Internet

Since the development of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), the world’s first operational packet switching network that became the basis for the global Internet, college faculty members have played a pioneering role as facilitators of the Internet development in the 1960s and beyond.1

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