Honors in the Electronic Age (Forum on

Honors in the Electronic Age (Forum on "Honors in the Digital Age") (Essay)

By Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

  • Release Date - Published: 2009-09-22
  • Book Genre: Education
  • Author: Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council
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No blessing comes unmixed, and this is certainly the case with the plethora of opportunities that the new electronic world presents to higher education and to honors programs. For some this electronic revolution threatens to undermine established values and traditional academic practices, while for others it represents unprecedented ease and access to information with even greater benefits on the horizon. Both sides are right, if not completely right. Electronic innovations have certainly disrupted the academy, but new means of research and communication have enhanced academic life significantly and will continue to do so. The trick, obviously, is using these new tools to greatest effect and simultaneously avoiding the dangers that they bring with them. As this brief essay argues, what will, indeed does, distinguish honors in the electronic age has less to do with this new world per se than with the way honors students and faculty use its tools. We are now overrun with electronic gadgetry of all kinds, and this essay will not deal with everything that impinges on academic life and honors. I will not discuss services such as YouTube or cell phones, which have become a good deal more than phones, save to note that both have transformed and will continue to change the nature and scope of audiovisual communication. Higher education and honors must confront the new electronic world; if they do not, then Wiki, Flickr, and all their cousins will come rushing in uncontrolled and do serious damage while their potential for good may be vitiated.

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