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The Wired Tower: Perspectives on the Impact of the Internet on Higher Education


reviewed by Brent Muirhead 2003

coverTitle: The Wired Tower: Perspectives on the Impact of the Internet on Higher Education
Author(s): Matthew Serbin Pittinsky
Publisher: Prentice Hall , Englewood Cliffs
ISBN: 0130428299, Pages: 231, Year: 2003
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The Wired Tower: Perspectives on the Impact of the Internet on Higher Education provides insights into the potential of internet technologies for bringing instructional changes that will influence traditional universities. Today's college administrators and teachers are realizing that computer-mediated education requires developing a new contemporary vision of learning. The book is a product of meetings in April 2001 in Washington, D.C. that involved a host of speakers who represented government, business, and academic fields. The leaders focused on debating whether e-learning was having an evolutionary (slow) or transformative (sudden) impact on higher education. As the editor Matthew Pittinsky, cofounder of Blackboard, presents these terms as a major theme to connect the series of essays. It was somewhat surprising that the debate involving the concepts of evolutionary and transformative was quickly resolved at the beginning of the book. The editor stressed that the successful application of technology to higher education will involve having smaller changes that will affirm important institutional values. It is a conservative perspective on the future... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 695-698
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11053, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:11:44 AM

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  • Brent Muirhead
    University of Phoenix Online
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    Brent Muirhead is a faculty member at the University of Phoenix Online, teaches graduate online classes, and trains and mentors new faculty members. His research has involved studying interactivity (participation, communication and feedback) in graduate education classes. He writes a monthly column as the Editor of Online Learning for the electronic publication USDLA Journal and is an Associate Editor for Educational Technology & Society.
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