Technology in Higher Education: Issues for the New Millennium
Karen Hardy Cárdenas
There is little doubt that technology will have a significant impact on higher education in the future. However, this observation raises at least as many questions as it answers: What will the impact of educational technology be? What problems can technology solve for higher education? What problems might technology cause? Will the traditional campus with its "hallowed halls of ivy" be replaced by computers that connect isolated learners to a distant instructor? Will technology enable both students and teachers to learn and teach in exciting new ways?
Amidst all the attention that has been given to educational technology recently, central questions have been ignored. It is easy to proclaim technology as "the wave of the future" and celebrate its every manifestation in the higher-education community. It is equally easy to dismiss technology as useless. It is somewhat more difficult to acknowledge the value and the limitations of technology.
In order for the higher-education community to faithfully discharge its responsibilities to its students, to the general public, and to itself, it must pose and answer critical questions about appropriate and inappropriate uses of technology in fulfilling its mission. The issues are becoming more complex every day. It may be useful to examine the problem of technology and its presence in college and university communities from four separate perspectives: (1) students, (2) faculty, (3) programs, and (4) support.