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This report on technology in learning at the University of Alberta (Canada) presents a vision for the year 2005 and outlines the measures and leadership needed to achieve these goals. In the introductory chapter the report examines the university's current telecommunications infrastructure, looks at the need to integrate technology and teaching, and examines the effectiveness of computer-mediated learning. Next the report tries to predict the impact of new technologies. Another chapter examines the challenges technology poses for postsecondary education and raises issues of access to learning, program quality, cost effectiveness and affordability, competition for students, better client services, and other organizational issues. The final chapter calls for the use of technology to provide alternative methods of delivery; the need for academic vision and strategic planning; more systematic communication and coordination of efforts; and improved campus computing services. It also looks at several issues raised by respondents, such as faculty rewards and incentives, off-campus computing resources, courseware development, alumni allegiance, and social and legal issues. The report recommends creation of an Instructional Innovation Hub on campus and lists the many new opportunities for leadership that will exist. Appendixes list respondents, provide an overview of campus computing and networks, and a list of committees relating to technology and instruction. (Contains approximately 60 references.) (CH)

Descriptors: College Attendance, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Centers, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware, Distance Education, Educational Opportunities, External Degree Programs, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Innovation, Integrated Learning Systems, Long Range Planning, Modernization, Noncampus Colleges, Nontraditional Education, Strategic Planning, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Technology Transfer, Telecommunications

The Senate, University of Alberta, 150 Athabasca Hall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E8.

Autor: Alberta Univ., Edmonton.


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