Higher Education: What Can Be Done Without Investment?

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This study investigates the current situation in higher education of the United States which is implemented last decade by wide technology involvement. It is shown that the technology is not a panacea for teaching/learning process and it often leads to the process degradation rather than to its improvement. This research was designed using case study methodology and data was collected from open resources available on Internet and from author’s own experience based on many years work as online and web enhanced courses developer, mentor, observer and evaluator. Among factors affecting learning process negatively, the most important are the low academic culture and the reduced local teaching standards of the institution, the intuitive communication topology and the low professionalism of educational, auxiliary (technical support) and bureaucratic staff. The examples of destructive impact of these factors on teaching/learning process are analyzed in the frame that does not call for additional investments which has often appeared to be the most common “business” approach for educational problem resolution. An alternative approach is based on a comparison of two opposite tendencies in contemporary education: its in many aspects disputable technological improvement and its degradation caused by inadequate technology usage. One of the ways to overcome these negative tendencies is the establishment of continuous process of reviewing of Internet web sites contents and courses offered and publication of these reviews in corresponding educational academic journals.

Keywords: Web Enhanced Education, Science Education, Education and Technology, Policy and Education
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Higher Education

Dr. Gennadiy G. Kuleshov

Academic Computing Department, Touro College
New York, New York, USA

Dr. Gennadiy G. Kuleshov is a professor of physics and computer science at TUI University, Cypress, CA, and at Touro College, New York, NY, USA. He was graduated from Moscow Technical University for Power Engineering and he obtained (1972) his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Physics at A.V. Lykov Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer. Since 1987, he holds a D.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry obtained from N.I. Lobachevsky State University, Russia. Dr. G. Kuleshov has over 100 papers in the fields of Molecular Physics, Physical Chemistry, Power Engineering and Distance Education published in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has been awarded a number of local, national, and international medals and prizes for his contributions in science and education.

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