Virtual University? Educational Environments of the Future
The driving force behind change in learning environments is money. The use of the internet for learning is no exception. While that money currently comes in the form of research grants, entrepreneurs have realised that, in tomorrow's world, online learning may be the biggest web industry yet. This has spawned growing inter? est in the new concept of “virtual” universities and medical schools. In 1999, European experts met in Stockholm to discuss how this concept would change the world. This book is a record of the proceedings.
In principle the idea sounds simple. Everyone can benefit from the most respected academics and the best tutors. Logistical costs such as travel, space, and materials are reduced. Tuition could be avail? able at any time, and the easily updatable content would be consistent. The authors are quick to highlight the need for radical change in direction if electronic learning is to succeed.