Digitization of Information
The emergence of inexpensive and highly efficient information networks has increased the volume of available information. But it has also changed the way in which information is produced and distributed. While the impact of these changes on society is clearly far-reaching, its’ significance to higher education is particularly profound given the fundamental role of information in higher education. Changes of particular significance to higher education include:
- Information used in education is often now available from sources other than higher education institutions, often at lower costs (or free), and in more convenient forms.
- It is far easier for individuals to form communities focused on narrow interests and needs, including educational, without involvement of mediating educational institutions.
- Increasingly sophisticated search technologies make finding relevant information easier, often reducing the value of intermediaries. Forecasts suggest that search capabilities will continue to accelerate in the coming decade.
- What constitutes current and…
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