Understanding Virtual Universities [NOOK Book]


All those involved in Higher Education are under pressure to familiarise themselves with the newest developments in Information Technology, and to understand the ways in which they can make use of these resources.

This book will help academics from all disciplines take ...
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All those involved in Higher Education are under pressure to familiarise themselves with the newest developments in Information Technology, and to understand the ways in which they can make use of these resources.

This book will help academics from all disciplines take full advantage of IT. Anticipating a future in which distance learning and virtual reality tutoring systems play a central role in university teaching, Roy Rada provides guidelines for making best use of the technological opportunities.
The chapters cover:

• distance learning for individual students
• groups in classrooms &endash; focusing on interactive technology
• the university as a whole
• emerging market forces in Higher Education and training for industry

Unlike other books that focus on specific aspects of the subject, Understanding Virtual Universities combines managerial, social and technical issues, to provide a comprehensive approach to Information Technology for Higher Education.
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Editorial Reviews

Rada (information systems, U. of Maryland) helps academics take advantage of information technology, analyzing key issues in the relationship between information technology tools and higher education. He assumes readers to be involved directly with teaching or in a support role, but not to have any technical background. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841508139
  • Publisher: Intellect
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Contribution and Use 1
Audience 1
Knowledge Base and Author Experience 2
What is Covered and What Not 2
Acknowledgements 2
Introduction 4
Education in Cyberspace 4
Integration across Levels 6
The Culture of Universities 7
Learning and Content 10
Introduction 10
Learning and Pedagogy 11
Taxonomy of Learning Types, Learning by Doing, Pedagogy
Delivering Interactive Content 13
Historical Snapshot
Multiple-choice Questions
Directions in Testing
Intelligent Tutors
Virtual Reality Tutors
Hypertext versus Paper
System Standard
Producing Interactive Content 24
Regional Effort
Organizational Issues
Course Architecture and Life Cycle
Summary 29
Teaching and Class 31
Introduction 31
Groupware 32
Communication 33
Video Conferencing
Group Hypertext
Bulletin Boards
Multiple Channel
Virtual Classroom 37
Student Experiences
Teacher Costs
Other Cases
Studio Course 40
Studio Course Structure
Efficiency and Peer-Peer Assessment 42
1996 and 1997 Version
1998 Version
Meta-analysis 46
Conclusion 47
Administering Universities 49
Introduction 49
History of Universities and Technology 50
Medieval Times
17th through 19th Century
20th Century
Libraries and the Internet
Delivering Degrees 56
Distance Education Survey
Trends by Discipline
Trends by Date
An Online Degree
Open University
University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Running a University 59
A Model of Change
Unbundling the Product
Quality Control
Producing University Information Systems 69
Different University Needs
All Purpose
Limited Systems
A Historical Example
A Common Architecture of Components
A Structure/Function Model
Digital Nervous System 77
New Marketing Opportunities 79
Using the Internet to Advertise 80
Educating Employees and Customers 80
Global Giants
Industry Patterns
Associate of Arts Degree in Telecommunications
Customers are Students
Brokers 83
The Model
School U Company
Teacher U Student
Catalogs and Auctions
Franchises and Consultants
Publishers 91
A Diverse Conglomerate
Specialty Publisher
Conclusion 93
Conclusion 95
Summary 95
Five-year Future 96
Thirty-year Future 98
Dialectics 99
Friction-Free Education 99
Epilogue 101
Exercises and Answers 103
Learning and Courseware 104
Learning and Pedagogy
Courseware Types
Courseware Production
Teaching and Classrooms 107
Communication Channels
Asynchronous Classroom
Studio Course
Efficiency and Group Roles
Administering Schools 110
Quality Control
New Marketing Opportunities 112
Conclusion 115
References 116
Index 120
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