INDS 93 - fall semester, 1998-99

Proposed Course Outline

In this independent study, we will identify trends in the changing role of information technologies in US higher education with particular focus on the perspective of the student from undergraduate recruitment through early postgraduate life.

The context for the study will be grounded in readings from texts on American educational theory supplemented by current primary literature on modern trends in higher education (see below). In the research component of this course (approximately half of the course work), we will attempt to identify correlations between students' perception of the importance of technology in learning and their selection of an undergraduate institution. To accomplish this, we will examine eight years of longitudinal data on the technological aspirations of incoming Kenyon students. In addition, we have access to a wealth of related data from other small colleges.

The final product of the independent study on which the grade is to be base will be a jointly authored research paper worthy of publication in a peer-reviewed journal (online or in print).

Readings and other resource materials

Bush, Vannevar, 1945, "As We May Think" Web resource from The Atlantic Monthly online.

Dewey, John
selections from "The middle works" 1899-1924; edited by Jo Ann Boydston
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1976-c1983

Levinson, Paul., 1995. Learning cyberspace : essays on the evolution of media and the new education. San Francisco : Anamnesis Press

Negroponte, Nicholas. 1995. Being Digital. New York: Borzoi-Knopf.

Perelman, Lewis J., 1993. School's out. New York, Avon Press. 368 pp.

Postman, Neil, 1993. Technopoly : The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Vintage Books. 222 pp.

Turkle, Sherry, 1997. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. 352 pp.

Primary literature and periodicals

Alley, Lee, 1996, "An Instructional Epiphany," Change March/April 1996.

Batson, Trent and Randy Bass, 1996, "Teaching and Learning in the Computer Age," Change March/April 1996.

The Council of Independent Colleges, 1989, "Technology and the Liberal Arts" 12 pp.

Ernst, David J. , Richard N. Katz and John R. Sack, 1994, "Organizational and Technological Strategies for Higher Education in the Information Age," Cause Professional Paper Series, #13.

Gilbert, Steven W., 1996, "Making the Most of a Slow Revolution," Change March/April 1996.

Green, Kenneth, 1996, "The Coming Ubiquity of Information Technology," Change March/April 1996.

Pew Higher Education Roundtable, Vol. 5(4)a: January 1995, Policy Perspectives "Cross Currents."

Pew Higher Education Roundtable, Vol. 6(1)a: April 1995, Policy Perspectives "Twice Imagined."

Ringle, Martin and David Smallen, 1996, "Can Small Colleges Afford To Be Technology Leaders? Can They Afford Not To Be?," Cause/Effect Summer, 1996.

Smallen, David L.,1996. "Reengineering of Student Learning? A Second Opinion from Camelot" Cause/Effect 1996.

Shapiro, J.J., and S. K. Hughes, 1996. Information Literacy as a Liberal Art - Enlightenment proposals for a new curriculum. Educom Review 31(2).

Ward, David, 1994, "Technology and the Changing Boundaries of Higher Education," Educom Review January/February 1994. Wiburg, Karin M., "An Historical Perspective on Instructional Design: Is it Time to Exchange Skinner's Teaching Machine for Dewey's Toolbox?" Web resource from Indiana University.

Eidgahy, Saeid Y., 1990. An assessment of perceptions regarding educational technology services in state-assisted four-year higher education institutions in Ohio (doctoral dissertation, Bowling Green State University)

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Recent conference presentations