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Virtual Campus

  • By: Pierre-Léonard Harvey & Alain Farmer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning
  • Edited by: Anna Distefano, Kjell Erik Rudestam & Robert J. Silverman
  • Subject:Online Learning & Distance Ed

A virtual campus is a:

  • Virtual location in cyberspace
  • Web-based community of learning
  • Web-based distance education (e-learning) metaphor modeled on a genuine campus and thus mirroring the organization and the services normally expected in a campus context

A virtual campus provides traditional campus services such as:

  • Consulting the policies, rules, and regulations
  • Browsing the course catalog
  • Browsing the syllabus of a specific course
  • Registering for one or more courses
  • Attending distance education courses
  • Accessing the library's card catalogs
  • Sharing the community's resources
  • Participating in public events and discussions (forums and the like)
  • Interacting with associations and groups with shared interests
  • Communicating with one's peers

These are implemented with software solutions like these:

  • Web site
  • Secured access to registrar, library, and one's personal space
  • Anonymous or secured access to an FTP server for resource distribution and sharing
  • E-mail for each campus member
  • Mailing lists and newsgroups ...
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