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University Faculty Use of the Internet
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Selected Research and Development Presentations at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division,

Abstract

This exploratory study was designed to investigate the use of services available on the Internet by faculty in a public university in the United States. It examined the manner and frequency of faculty use of the Internet, their perception of the role of different Internet services in support of teaching and research, and the factors associated with their use of these Internet services. A 30-item questionnaire was distributed at faculty meetings; 158 completed questionnaires were returned (88% response rate). Results show that a majority of faculty were exposed to Internet use. Eighty-five percent of the faculty used at least one of the Internet services. Faculty were aware of the role of the Internet in their professional development and they used it in support of teaching and research. E-mail is still one of the most popular services among the faculty, even though other services are gaining popularity. Faculty use of mailing lists was low. For information search and retrieval, the World Wide Web showed the highest rate of use, with Gopher rated second and FTP (file transfer protocol) the lowest. Results point to the need for faculty training in order to promote the maximum use of Internet services. Several graphs and tables present data. (AEF)

Citation

Wang, Y.m. & Cohen, A. (1998). University Faculty Use of the Internet. Presented at Selected Research and Development Presentations at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division 1998. Retrieved May 26, 2020 from .

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