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ERIC Number: EJ874004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Academic Public Service Web Sites and the Future of Virtual Academic Public Service
Cohn, Ellen; Hibbitts, Bernard
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v1 n5 Jun-Jul 2005
Some faculty have started to use the Internet as a bridge to the public instead of merely to each other. Leveraging their specialist knowledge and their academic authority against perceived public needs, they have created another type of academic Web site on their institutional servers--the academic public service Web site (APSWS). APSWS is an open-access Web-based resource that provides information about an academic discipline and serves the public good. This definition potentially includes the public service that institutions perform when they allow open access to syllabi (including all posted instructional materials) and to professors' manuscripts to meet a perceived public service need. The APSWS model enables scholars to cross institutional and international boundaries seamlessly to benefit diverse and geographically far-flung audiences. In this article, the authors hope that others will be inspired to consider the benefits and potential liabilities of APSWSs and to launch their own APSWSs at appropriate junctures in their academic careers. The authors consider various definitions of academic public service; present two APSWS models; posit conditions for success, markers of excellence, and factors that may inhibit APSWS development; and highlight additional forms of academic virtual public service. Finally, they suggest that creative use of the Internet can spawn new models of academic public service. Such innovations may even necessitate a redefinition of public service within and beyond the walls (both brick and virtual) of academic institutions.
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania