Computer Technology for Higher Education: A Design Model for a Computerizing University

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About the Book :

The effects of computerization on society have continually been underestimated as has been the pace of innovation. This project has attempted to look at now computerization affects universities and the society that they serve from the perspective of two countries situated on opposite sides of the globe. The goal was to improve the effective utilization of technology within the university systems in both Canada and India. The first, of this three-volume work, is a design model for use as a planning and implementation tool for the university computerization process. It examines various aspects of the computerization process lays down assumptions underlying the broad objectives of computerization, indicates crucial issues to be examined, and explores the possible pathways decision-makers may follow. The model has been jointly developed building upon both the Canadian and Indian experiences of computerization in higher education. Its aim is to enable university decision makers to comprehend the process and changes involved in university computerization. The second and third volumes present more detailed analyses of the research upon which these recommendations are based. While the second volume examines the Indian experience of computerization, the third does the same for Canada.

About Author :

Binod C. Agrawal (Ph.D. Anthropology, 1970, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA) is a well-known International Communication Research expert. He has a reputation of being innovative in research methods and techniques, institution building, management and teaching leadership. Founder Director of several institutions and a university. Earlier he worked for over two decades and pioneered use of qualitative methods for communication research during the world famous Satellite Instructional Television Experiment (SITE), 1975-76 and led an interdisciplinary SITE social research team of over 100 social scientists. Author of two dozen books and several dozen articles in national and International Journals and continues to publish. He is currently the Mentor of Media Research Centre at School of Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.

Larry R. Symes (Ph. D. Produce University) is Project Director, of the CIDA supported collaborative Indo-Canadian Project "A Design Model for Computerizing University". Dr. Symes had been Dean, Faculty of Science the University of Regina for ten years where he headed Department of Computer Science and taught since 1970. Earlier Dr. Symes taught at Produce University. Dr. Symes is in the forefront of computerization of the institutions of higher learning in Canada. He has published extension of course curriculum. He has also published a number of popular articles in various computer application. Dr. Symes is a member of several professional associations and have travelled extensively abroad including china where he delivered invited lecture.

Vimal P. Shah obtained his M.A. (Sociology) degree from the Gujarat University and Ph. D. (Sociology) degree from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked as a Research Associate with Professor Wm. H. Sewell at the University of Wisconsin, and as a programme Associate in the Ford Foundation, New Delhi. He is currently working as Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology of the Gujarat University. He has published several research papers monographs in the fields of educational aspirations achievements, family and research methods.