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[seul-edu] Learning 2000, etc.

Learning 2000: Reassessing the Virtual University
September 28 - October 1, 2000  The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, 
Roanoke, Virginia

Many have been exploring ways for building a "virtual university" either 
from scratch or by virtualizing the educational experiences at already 
existing colleges and universities. Yet, a few institutions of higher 
learning, such as Virginia Tech, have been laying the foundations for such 
online learning environments since 1993. With its support for the 
Blacksburg Electronic Village (BEV), a state-wide broadband ATM network 
(NET.WORK.VIRGINIA), the Faculty Development Initiative (FDI), the 
Cyberschool project in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the 
campus-wide Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning (IDDL), 
Virginia Tech has been uniquely positioned as a site to assess the benefits 
and costs of virtual university instruction. "Learning 2000: Reassessing 
the Virtual University" is a conference designed to gather colleagues from 
around the world who are interested in the shape and substance that the 
virtual university is acquiring in practice. In addition we hope to debate 
the advantages or disadvantages of digital discourse, learning online, and 
virtual university life. By reviewing the quality of faculty life, the 
pressures on support staff, the impact on student learning, the demands on 
university administrators, and the potentials for reaching new types of 
learners, a series of paper sessions, round-table discussions, panels, and 
keynote speakers will address the wide range of issues that emerge in this 
domain. The registration fee of $375 includes conference material, breaks, 
and lunch.

If you are interested in exhibiting or serving as a sponsor, please visit 
the conference website at: http://www.cddc.vt.edu/learning/

For information or assistance, please contact:  Len Hatfield at 
Len.Hatfield@vt.edu or Tim Luke at tim.luke@vt.edu

Other interesting developments by the Center for Digital Discourse and 
Culture in this arena in conjunction with the conference are:

The online Forum on Online Learning and Virtual Universities at 
:  http://www2.cddc.vt.edu/vu/index.php
The Extraordinary and Eclectic Distance and Distributed Learning Library 
at: http://www.cddc.vt.edu/eeddll
Jeremy Hunsinger          	http://www.cddc.vt.edu
Instructor of Political Science	Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Webmaster/Manager CDDC
526 Major Williams Hall 0130	http://www.cddc.vt.edu/jeremy --my homepage
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061		(540)-231-7614