ERIC Number: ED399970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May-17
The Virtual University: Creating an Emergent Reality.
Latta, Gail F.
Higher education has traditionally been defined as a two dimensional affair concerned with content (curriculum) and pedagogy (instructional design). Information technologies are transforming the educational enterprise into a three-dimensional universe through the diversification of instructional delivery systems. The success of higher education in the virtual universe will depend upon the intelligent and creative application of these technologies. The resulting "Virtual University" will foster an emergent reality that will transform the learning experience, while making higher education more accessible, relevant, and affordable. A variety of societal factors--demographic, political, corporate, and technological--are converging to accelerate the creation of virtual universities. Existing efforts by entrepreneurs, educators, corporations, and politicians to create virtual learning environments are examined, providing a survey of the increasingly competitive marketplace in which universities must be prepared to deliver their unique educational experience. The components needed to ensure that higher education institutions continue to promote the highest standards of intellectual achievement, freedom and responsibility in the virtual environment are identified. A variety of roles and contributions librarians can fulfill in transforming institutions of higher education into virtual learning environments are outlined. Reproductions of visual aids are appended. (Contains 32 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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