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TechKnowLogia: January/February 2000 Issue on Technology and Higher Education


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Happy new year, everyone! Here's information on the latest issue of TechKnowlogia, January/February 2000. Theme: TECHNOLOGIA FOR HIGHER EDUCATION


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TechKnowLogia VOL. 2, ISSUE 1, Jan/Feb 2000



1. Higher Education: The Ivory Tower and the Satellite Dish

Wadi D. Haddad, Editor

Institutions of higher education have to make some hard educational, managerial, financial and strategic policy choices. Information technology will help make some of these choices work better.



2. Higher Education: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century

Jamil Salmi, Education Sector Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, The World Bank

This article analyzes the new challenges characterizing the environment in which higher education institutions operate and compete, and examines some concrete implications of these challenges, looking at promising trends and experiences in countries and institutions.

3. Technologies: A Window for Transforming Higher Education

G. Dhanarajan, President, Commonwealth of Learning

There are three very good reasons to support a re-engineering of the higher education process in today's environment: demand and diversity, technology and capacity and finally quality and transformation.

4. Technology and Institutional Change: Why Some Educational Institutions Use Technology And Others Don't

Claudio de Moura Castro, Chief Education Adviser, Inter-American Development Bank

Information technology is sold aggressively around the world, and its price keeps falling. Yet, the use of information technology in education is particularly skewed, regardless of level. Why?

5. Is Virtual Education for Real? Issues of Quality and Accreditation

Jody K. Olsen, Sr. Vice President, Academy for Educational Development

Technology and what it opens for learning force reassessment but also gives opportunities for better systems of assuring the quality education that students, faculty, and the community expect.

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7. The African Virtual University: Bridging the Knowledge Gap for Development

Mactar Diagne

This article describes the African Virtual University, its objectives, functions, programs and future.

8. University of the Highlands and the Islands: New Paradigm or Exceptional Case?

Richard Hopper and William Saint, World Bank

The University of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland could represent a new paradigm in higher education delivery for developing countries where community isolation, program availability, and academic infrastructure remain problematic.

9. The Open University of Hong Kong: Quality Assurance in Distance Learning

Sonia Jurich

To gain public confidence and academic respect is a major challenge to the viability and survival of Open Universities. The Open University of Hong Kong has taken this challenge seriously.

10. Korea: Virtual University Trial Project

Insung Jung, Ph.D., Korean National Open University

This trial Project permits the Korean private sector and the conventional higher education institutions to compete with foreign universities by establishing degree-granting virtual universities.

11. Mexico: The Virtual University of the Technological Institute of Monterrey

Laurence Wolff, Inter-American Development Bank

This article describes the main features of the Monterrey Institute: technologies, instructional design and linkages with the industry.

12. University of Phoenix: A New Model for Tertiary Education in Developing Countries

Gregg B. Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Coordinator, George Washington University

This article examines how the University of Phoenix operates, assesses the quality of education that it provides, and discusses whether it is a model that developing countries should consider for the expansion of tertiary education at little or no cost to the public sector.



13. The End of the Campus University? What the Literature Says About Distance Learning

Sonia Jurich

Some view new forms of delivery of higher education as no more than fads, soon to pass. For others, the days of the traditional university are counted. This article brings some light to this discussion with the help of three recent documents.

14. The Effectiveness Debate: What We Know About the Quality of Distance Learning in the US

Jamie P. Merisotis, President, The Institute for Higher Education Policy, and Jodie K. Olsen, Sr. Vice President, Academy for Educational Development

The polar views expressed in many policy discussions-that there is "no significant difference" on the one extreme, and that distance learning is inherently inferior on the other-defy reason. The real debate needs to focus on identifying what approaches work best for teaching students, period.



15. Implementation of Tertiary Distance Education: Choices and Decisions

William Saint, Sr. Education Specialist, World Bank

Countries and institutions interested in developing tertiary distance education will need to formulate comprehensive strategic policies, choose an institutional model and make management choices. This article provides an analysis of policies to select from and institutional models to choose from.

16. Costs of ICT Use in Higher Education

Marianne Bakia, Education Specialist, World Bank

This article focuses on the costs of different models of teaching with technology in higher education, bearing in mind that these technologies also support a wide range of other core activities.

17. Tertiary Education: Institutional Challenges and Management Responses

Kurt Moses, Sr. Vice President, Academy for Educational Development

Alternative organizations to the university will take over many of its roles if it does not adapt. The institutional challenge is to simultaneously become dramatically better at current operations, and innovate. This article presents some concrete management responses to this challenge.

18. Argentina: Management Information System for Higher Education

Luj·n Gurmandi, Ministry of Education, Argentina, and Jamil Salmi, Education Sector Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, The World Bank

This article describes the process of development of a University Information System with the dual purpose of serving the oversight and monitoring needs of the national authorities and meeting the management needs of the universities.



19. Video Projectors

This article describes the advantages of using video projectors in the classroom, how they differ from overhead projectors, and the practical questions you should ask before you buy one.

20. Higher Education Software Sampler

This article presents examples of software that may be relevant to some of the major players in higher education: students, parents, teachers and university administrators.

21. WorthWhileWebs

Frank Method, Director, Washington Unesco Office

This article offers a selection of websites illustrating possibilities for using information technology to improve higher education.



22. Biometrics: We Know Who You Are!

What is biometrics, how it works, and why use it?

23. The Wearable PC: Mobile Computing Like Never Before

The world's first wearable PC: what it is, what its features are, and how to get it.

24. Speech Recognition: When People Talk, Computers Listen!

Sandra Semaan

This article describes the latest in speech recognition software and how they work. It also poses the questions you should ask before considering any purchase.



25. CODECS Brings the Open University to Romania

Adrian Catalin Ionescu, Chairman/CEO, CODECS

The CEO of CODECS tells the story of how the Center has brought to Romania the most flexible and accessible management education, by using The Open University (OU) distance learning system.

26. Half a Millennium: Landmarks of Higher Education in the Americas

Sonia Jurich

This "profile" highlights three moments in the history of Universities on the American continent: the commencement ceremony for a new doctor at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, during the 1600's, the Chautauqua society in the late 1800's and early 1900's in the United States, and the use of information technology in Mexico.

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