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Digital Dilemma: Issues of Access, Cost, and Quality in Media-enhanced and Distance Education


reviewed by James Forest ó 2002

coverTitle: Digital Dilemma: Issues of Access, Cost, and Quality in Media-enhanced and Distance Education
Author(s): Gerald C. Van Dusen
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787955736, Pages: 141 , Year: 2000
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The relationship between technology and learning is among the most important topics in higher education worldwide, and increasing in importance. While there are many areas of concern to observers of this topic, Gerald Van Dusen has prepared an engaging overview of three primary areas: issues of access and equity, issues of cost and affordability, and issues of quality and effectiveness. Not surprisingly, these represent the same three areas of critical challenge to the success of colleges and universities throughout the U.S., as we struggle to make higher education more accessible, more affordable, and more effective. Thus structured, Van Dusenís report provides a brief yet thorough analysis of the major challenges in our daily efforts to enhance teaching and learning in higher education. † In today's rapidly changing world, writing about technology often carries a significant amount of risk. Due to editing and publishing cycles, the technical aspects of a book can become outdated before it even reaches the shelves, as the emergence of new hardware and software can... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 149-151
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10678, Date Accessed: 4/26/2017 7:25:14 PM

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  • James Forest
    Franklin Pierce College
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    James JF Forest serves as the Special Assistant to the President for Planning and Director of Strategic Analysis, Franklin Pierce College. Dr. Forest has served in a variety of administrative capacities at several nonprofit and educational organizations, and is a Senior Partner of University Strategies, a consulting firm. He has published widely on issues of teaching, learning, and technology, and is co-editor of Higher Education in the United States: An Encyclopedia (2001: ABC-CLIO Publishing).
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