The Wired Tower

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

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The Wired Tower: Perspectives on the Impact of the Internet on Higher Education brings together leading thinkers and doers to assess the new realities of the Internet in higher education. Edited by Blackboard, Inc. Chairman Matthew Pittinsky, the book identifies key drivers of technology-related change, five transformative Internet-based learning practices most likely to succeed and explores every facet of Internet-related change. The book also includes original contributions from Neil Postman (The End of Education) and Arthur Levine, President, Columbia University Teacher's College.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156.5 x 237.2 x 23.9mm | 594.22g
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130428299
  • 9780130428295

Table of contents

Preface. 1. Transformation Through Evolution. From Dot-Com to Dot-Edu. The Roots of E-Learning. The Potential for Great Change.2. Higher Education: A Revolution Externally, Evolution Internally. The Coming Revolution. The Coming Evolution. Conclusions for the Nation.3. E-Learning in the Postsecondary Education Market: A View from Wall Street. Increasing Enrollments Should Drive Growth. Expenditures Support E-Learning Growth. Distance Learning in Postsecondary Education. Forces Driving Distance Learning. Distance Learning Beneficial to Bricks-and-Mortar Education. Online Communities in Postsecondary Education.4. The Emerging Global E-Education Industry. Education Economics and the Growth of the Private Sector. Marketplace Realities: World Participation in Postsecondary Education. Readiness of the World Market. Language Communities Online and Market Position of English Language Instruction. Education and E-Learning as International Trade. Barriers and Challenges to a Global E-Learning Industry: Infrastructure and Access Issues. Case Studies. Concluding Reflections. Endnotes.5. Quality, Cost and Access: The Case for Redesign. Endnotes.6. Where the Rubber Meets the Road: An On-Campus Perspective of a CIO. People, Organizational Structure, Financial Resources, and Policies. Technology Infrastructure. Technology Standards. Institutions That Go Beyond the Envelope. Summary.7. Questioning Media. What Problem Gets Solved by this New Technology? Whose Problem Is It? What New Problems Are Created After Solving an Old Problem? Who and What Might Be Harmed by a Technological Solution? Are Changes Gained and Lost with New Technologies? Who and What Acquire Power Due to Technological Change? Endnotes.8. Five Great Promises of E-Learning. Prediction 1: Convergence of Modalities. Prediction 2: New and More Sophisticated Academic Technologies. Prediction 3: Data Mining. Prediction 4: The Learner Profile. Prediction 5: Ubiquitous Web Communities and Services. Endnotes.Index.
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About Matthew Pittinsky

Edited by Matthew Serbin PittinskyWith Contributions by:Arthur Levine, Martin Irvine, Greg Cappelli, Carol A. Twigg, Donald Spicer, and Neil Postman About the EditorMATTHEW SERBIN PITTINSKY is Chairman of Blackboard Inc. As Blackboard's founding CEO and chief education strategist, Pittinsky has been a visible and widely respected leader helping to shape the higher education e-learning industry. With more than 2,300 schools, colleges, and universities in 140 countries using its software, Blackboard is one of the largest technology companies connecting the power of the Internet to educationMr. Pittinsky has served on numerous panels and presented at industry conferences for organizations such as the Harvard Business School, the Software Publishers Association, and EDUCAUSE. A first time book editor, he has authored numerous articles and has been quoted in major media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and BusinessWeek.In 2001, Ernst & Young named Pittinsky and Blackboard co-founder Michael Chasen "Entrepreneurs of the Year for Emerging Companies" in Washington, D.C. In addition, they were both honored as "Young Innovators" by the Kilby Awards Foundation, a distinction shared by Vint Cerf, Marc Andreessen, and Linus Torvalds. Mr. Pittinsky earned his masters degree in education policy at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He serves on the advisory boards of SMARTHINKING and Syllabus2000, and on the Board of Trustees of American University.
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