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Harnessing Innovative Technology
in Higher Education:
Access, Equity, Policy, and Instruction
Kathleen P. King & Joan K. Griggs
Technology insinuated itself into higher
education swiftly and permanently. Suddenly, the potential uses for the
new technology seemed endless. Academic institutions responded
quickly—each trying to meet individual needs and creating varied uses.
However, as the trend matured, institutions found that they were each
reinventing systems that someone had already created and the cost of
working this way was high.
In response to these factors, the Fund for
the Improvement of Postsecodary Education (FIPSE) created a visionary
grant program which encouraged creativity and collaboration. The funded
projects were innovative and have had a tremendous impact on the
distance learning. This book reports on some of those programs, along
with an analysis and synthesis of what worked and why.
Kathleen King and Susan Biro write in the
Innovative technology in higher education
provides the opportunity to identify needs among our communities and
learners, envision solutions, and identify the technology, resources,
partnerships, and programs to make it happen. In the process, we learn
that the pathway is not linear, and that as we are learning about
technology along the way, we are also learning about our learners, our
organizations, and ourselves. Working with innovative technologies to
provide distance education in higher education is a dynamic and
intensive process of envisioning, shaping, and discovering the future
of teaching and learning and technology all at once.
Readers will find though-provoking
discussions and resources for harnessing the technology to do the work
of the future.