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The Digital Hand, Vol 3How Computers Changed the Work of American Public Sector Industries$
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James W. Cortada

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165869

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165869.001.0001

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Digital Applications in Higher Education

Digital Applications in Higher Education

(p.284) 9 Digital Applications in Higher Education
The Digital Hand, Vol 3

James W. Cortada

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the deployment and use of computing in higher education. Topics covered include administrative uses, teaching and computers, role of computing in academic research, IT in the library, personal use of computers, and special role of the Internet. It is shown that in addition to being a supplier of computer science and technology, the higher education industry trained (or educated) tens of millions of people, equipping many of them with the values, work practices, and skills that have defined the economy and society of modern America and, indeed, of many individuals and firms around the world. Its use of all manner of technology also reflects patterns of application evident in many parts of the nation's economy, including its use of the digital hand. Because it educates so many workers, and influences the values and activities of so many individuals, its use of computing is influential and important.

Keywords:   IT, computing, higher education, adminstrative uses, teaching and computers, Internet

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