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'annihilated' distance and time, and accelerated the process of creating a global
community of inquiry" (p. 4).
Students could now take issues and topics raised in a conventional classroom onto
the Intemrnet and seek input from other scholars and students from around the world. Many
universities now offer on-line courses and facilitate distant learning projects through the
Internet. This type of access is possible from libraries, offices, computer labs, residence
hall rooms, homes, and offices. One researcher (Shade, 1995) noted that faculty members
and students "depend on the Intemrnet as a medium for generating scholarly discussion,
peer review and feedback, expediting the pace of academic research, and cementing
diverse scholarly communities inter-institutionally" (p. 211). Both students and faculty
members no longer have to depend on an intermediary to search this electronic
environment. As Large, Tedd, and Hartley (1999) noted "Information seeking in
electronic data environments is no longer solely the purview of the information
professional; alongside the burgeoning information available in such environments and
the expansion in the variety of delivery platforms has been the tremendous extension of
access to electronic information" (p. vii).
As the entire university community makes more use of the Intemrnet to aid
scholarly research and communication, classroom projects, and in developing teaching
methodology and course/program offerings, it is essential that university administrators
gain an understanding of how and for what purposes the faculty and students are using
the Intemet. Information technology resources and access will require an ever increasing
share of the university's budget. By understanding the role the Intemet plays in the
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