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IT: A Turbocharger for Mass Higher Education

By Peter S. Smith

In The Long Tail (NY: Hyperion 2006, 2008), Chris Anderson identified and evaluated the World Wide Web’s capacity to store unlimited amounts of data, only for the cost of entering it. The term “long tail” implies the explosion in widespread availability of items that have not, historically, been available due to insufficient demand and limited inventory space. Although his main example was the recording industry, the long tail message has major implications for other sectors, including higher education. The long tail signals the end of information scarcity and changes the rules that govern the relationships among individuals and institutions. In higher education, the end of information scarcity is a core driver in the generation of a new ecology of learning that makes the scale of operations for supporting high-quality mass higher education achievable for the first time. When coupled with the consistency and flexibility of Web-based programming, abundant information heralds a new age of learning opportunities. In this new age, technology enables us to serve millions of additional people with consistent and high quality.

Continued at: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/07/13/a-turbocharger-for-mass-higher-education.aspx

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  1. Kathy
    July 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Holly,
    I agree with your comments. With IT I think the sky is the limit with global education and adult education. There are so many ways educators can reach out to students. I know a gal who has been teaching English abroad for at least 10 years. I think we have come a long way in global education. Not that we can’t come further.
    Kathy

  1. July 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

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