Publication Date

1997

Abstract

Computer technology is revolutionizing the workplace. The age of industry has yielded to the age of information, with profound repercussions on the makeup of the labor force, the mobility of capital, communication infrastructures and other aspects of our society. Amazingly, the engine moving this economic revolution is a tiny silicon microchip which can store vast quantities of information.

What is the impact of computer technology on the field of international education? Is present technology being utilized to its maximum potential, or, perhaps worse, is technology inefficient, creating paperwork and impediments to communication? It is probably fair to say that it is not so much computer technology that has costs or benefits but rather the ways in which administrative staffs utilize this technology. "We are surrounded by a Culture of technology. We are not offered the choice of participating in the Culture. We are required to do so. Change is inevitable," according to John Dupree (1991), of the College Board International Office, who adds, "We can only hope to control this inevitable change, and perhaps turn it to our favor, through planning" (Hopkins, 1991).

Disciplines

Computer Sciences | International and Comparative Education

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