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We have no clear proof of the major educational
benefits from making big investments in academic uses of information
technology. As more faculty members and students are encouraged to
use technology for teaching and learning, they expect to accomplish
more, and they discover they need more help. The capacity of
academic support services to provide that help usually falls farther
behind as expectations rise. Costs go up and the "Support
Service Crisis" gets worse.
So, why bother?
Why bother to use new technology, to
support change, to build community?
Why bother to keep trying to improve teaching and learning... with
information technology can be the excuse and the means
to do almost anything.
people will be able to learn, teach, live, and work together better.
if we don't bother,
the unintended or ill-intended consequences can be
disappointing, or tragic.
For closely related but different approaches, see the
"Many Ways of Improving Teaching/Learning"
Fundamental Questions , and
"Why Bother?" Article
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"Why Bother?" Workshop
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dimensions to consider when planning next steps.
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