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Technology is anything that wasn't around when you were born, according to Allen Kay, a Xerox executive who helped design the Macintosh computer.
We may consider PDAs and the Internet to be technology. But to our students they've always been there.
"Computers are as much an accepted part of their environment as were telephones to the faculty who teach them," wrote Paul R. Hagner of Albion College MI. The technology gap between faculty and students has significant implications for teaching and learning online.
Moving classroom-based courses online represents a huge paradigm shift for most faculty. In her role as an instructional designer and adjunct faculty member at Cleary University in Michigan, Tami Moskal provides instructional design expertise to develop, support and maintain the school's 100- and 200-level courses.