A Changed Economy with Unchanged Universities? A Contribution to the University of the Future

A Changed Economy with Unchanged Universities? A Contribution to the University of the Future

Maria Manuela Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal) and Goran D. Putnik (Univeristy of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2007100102
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Abstract

Individualised open and distance learning at the university continuing education and post-graduate education levels is a central issue of today. The advanced information and communication technologies together with several applications offer new perspectives, such as the so-called virtual university. Simultaneously, to gain market share, several organisational arrangements are emerging in the virtual university field, like consortia arrangements and joint venture initiatives between and among institutions and organisations. The dynamically changing social and economical environment where we live claims for new approaches to virtual and flexible university continuing and post-graduate education, such as the concept of Agile/Virtual University proposed by the authors. However, the implementation of this concept (and of other similar concepts) does not rely just on basic information and communication infrastructure, neither on dispersedly developed applications. Although absolutely necessary as support, the added value comes from the higher-level functions to support individualised learning projects. The implementation of the Agile/Virtual University concept requires a framework and a specific supporting environment, a Market of Teaching Resources, which are discussed in the article.

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