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Communication and Technology

  • Pertti Hurme (University of Jyväskylä): Knowledge Strategies and Higher Education: Perspectives on Organizational Development

  • Eija Karsten (University of Turku): The Role of Personal Interaction in Forming a Virtual Community

  • Tapio Varis (University of Tampere): Learning in the Virtual University


Knowledge Strategies and Higher Education: Perspectives on Organizational Development

Pertti Hurme

Organizational Communication & PR

Department of Communication

University of Jyväskylä

hurme@jyu.fi

Portions of this paper were presented at the National Communication Association Convention in Seattle, November 2000


Main topics of the presentation

  • Developments in Information and Communication Technologies & in Higher Education

  • IT Strategies, Strategies for Education and Research, Knowledge Strategies

  • Case: The Knowledge Strategy of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Jyväskylä

  • Observations of Organizational Development


DIGITAL FUTURE

  • The UCLA Internet Report 2000: Surveying the Digital Future

  • Nearly two-thirds of users and nearly half of non-users believe that new communication technologies including the Internet have made the world a better place


EXTRAGENERATION (Francesco Morace, 2000)

  • Sharing (Condivisione)

  • Creativity (Creatività)

  • Nomadism (Nomadismo)


FOUR CURRENTS OF CHANGE AFFECTING HIGHER EDUCATION (Ward 2000)

  • The Communications Revolution

  • Shifts in the Intellectual Division of Labor

  • Shifts in the Funding Streams

  • Demographic Shifts and Accessibility


TOWARD STRATEGIC THINKING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

  • The rapid development of ICT has opened up new possibilities for the universities.

  • Technological changes have led to profound changes in work practices.

  • Strategy for Education and Research was published by the Ministry of Education in 1995

  • Knowledge Strategy for Education and Research 2000–2004

  • Virtual University project 2000–


CASE

  • Faculty of Humanities, University of Jyväskylä

  • Departments: 13 (four major areas: History, Languages, Art, Communication)

  • Faculty and staff: 200

  • Students: 3600

  • Both traditional humanities departments and technologically advanced departments


CASE: COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION

  • Lack of information

  • Collaboration

  • Face-to-Face vs. Computer-Mediated Communication

  • Leadership and Commitment


THE KNOWLEDGE STRATEGY OF THE FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

  • The Knowledge Strategy, confirmed by the Faculty Council in June 2000, is on the Web (in Finnish): http://www.jyu.fi/humdrum

  • An abridged English version of the Knowledge Strategy has been prepared (and will be made available on the web)


CASE: PLANS TO ACTIONS

Faculty-wide planning (Knowledge Strategy Task Force)

  • ICT Course for faculty 2000–

  • ICT Course for students 2000–

  • A web-based Learning Platform to University-Wide Use 2000–

  • Network for Supporting Digital Content Production 2001–

  • Research Project on Learning Environments 2001–

- informal << formal

- networks << departments

- non-hierarchical << hierarchical

University-Wide Planning (Virtual University Project Task Force)


Bibliography

  • The UCLA Internet Report 2000. Surveying the Digital Future.

  • Bernbom, G. (ed.) 2000. Information Alchemy. The Art and Science of Knowledge Management. Educause Leadership Strategies 3. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • Council and Commission of Europe 2000. eEurope 2002. An Information Society for All. Action Plan Prepared by the Council and the European Commission for the Feira European Council. June 2000.

  • Creth, S. 2000. Optimizing Organization Design for the Future. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 32–38.

  • Hawkins, B. 2000. Technology, Higher Education, and a Very Foggy Crystal Ball. Educause Review, November/December 2000, 65–73.

  • Klor de Alva, J. 2000. Remaking the Academy. Educause Review, March/April 2000, 32–40.

  • Ministry of Education 1999. Education and Research Development Plan 1999–2004.

  • Ward, D. 2000. Catching the Waves of Change in American Higher Education. Educause Review, January/February 2000, 22–30.


These slides (plus a few more) are on the web:

http://www.jyu.fi/~hurme/yvi01ph


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