Barents Virtual University? : plans, problems and possibilities
The international introduction of Internet during the last 8-10 years has resulted in a reorganisation of the IT-sector. This change is overwhelming, to an extent only few experts could predict.Several influential policy reports recently have argued that our societies are changing from industrial societies into 'information societies', in which the creation and dissemination of knowledge is of great importance. In October 2000 rectors and representatives of 19 higher educational establishments of Northwest Russia, Northern Norway, and America, signed a declaration on cooperation and development between higher educational establishments of the three countries. This paper will address the possibilities, challenges and problems using Internet for educators, trainers, managers and designers involved in the application of information technology (IT) to the teaching and learning process, and in the planning, administration and management of international distance education of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. The paper is based on the principle that a university will realize and implement in practice what is thought to be a benefit for the institution. First the paper addresses the present status concerning IT infrastructure in the countries involved. Secondly, the paper discusses the different educational needs in the countries. Finally, different organizing, financing and crediting models are analyzed. Internet-based courses are not just old wine in new bottles but a new system with interesting and unpredictable implications for students, faculty, and institutions.
CitationThe 7th Circumpolat Co-operation Conference 2001: When Distance is a Challenge.
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