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'Transport Communications: Understanding Global Networks Enabling Transport Services'
London, Kogan Page.
John Tiffin and Christopher Kissling (September 2007)

This book is for transport managers who need to make decisions about tomorrows transport. It is about how the relationship between transport and communications leads to globalisation. It provides a three dimensional matrix called NETS (Networks Enabling Transport Systems) that can be used as a guide to improving efficiency in transport management. NETS applies to land, sea and air transport at every level from the international, to the national and the urban. It even applies at the mini levels of buildings, rooms and work surfaces. NETS is, therefore, a tool for reviewing how the different modes and levels of transport can be integrated and automated in supply chains.

Improving transport improves communications and improving communications improves transport. This book focuses on the future impacts on transport of the next generation of communication technologies such as broadband Internet, wearable computing, artificial intelligence and HyperReality. It also looks at the impact on both transport and communications of nanotechnology. However, the positive spiral of development that comes from the interaction of transport and communications is in danger of becoming chaotic. The penultimate chapter addresses the issues of global warming, terrorism, pandemics, sustainability and carbon based fuels. The final chapter looks at transport scenarios for the future which should give anyone associated with planning and designing transport pause for thought.

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Recent Publications

'The Global Virtual University', London and New York, Routledge.
Tiffin, J and Rajasingham, L (2003)

Published in London and New York by Routledge this book argues that universities will undergo a paradigm shift as they adapt to broadband Internet and globalisation. To understand this it examines the basic nature of universities as communication systems. Follows on from ‘In Search of the Virtual Class’ (2003)

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‘In Search of the Virtual Class; Education in an Information Society,’
London and New York, Routledge.
Tiffin, J and Rajasingham, L (1995)

Russian translation: Mockba 1999 Spanish Translation: Barcelona and Buenos Aires, Paidos, 1997 This is the book that launched the idea of the virtual class, the virtual school and the virtual university and so initiated e-Learning. Still the best overview of what is involved.

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‘HyperReality; Paradigm for the Third Millenium’, London and New York, Routledge.
Tiffin, J. and Terashima, N. (eds) (2001)

HyperReality is where virtual reality and physical reality and artificial intelligence and human intelligence coexist and interact seamlessly. The technology that makes this possible was first developed at Japan’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Laboratory in Kansai Science City, Japan by a team lead by Professor Terashima. In 1992 John Tiffin along with a number of other international specialists in associated fields began to collaborate with Nobuyoshi Terashima on the applications of HyperReality.

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Earlier publications not in print

‘Television Production for Education,’
London and New York, Focal Press Ltd.
Peter Combes and John Tiffin (1978)

Now out of print, this was the first text to explain the application of instructional design to ETV. For many years it served as a bible in ETV studios around the world and many of the practices it advocated have become standard. It was translated into Spanish as ‘Produccion de Television para la Educacion’ and published in 1979 by TECLA.

‘How to fly the Atlantic’ London, Kogan Page.
Peter Combes and John Tiffin (1980)

This was a "How to do it" book for the air travellers taking advantage of cheap fares. The first book was for the west bound traveller. The second book published in 1982, New York, by Random House was for the east bound traveller.

‘Problems in Instructional Television in Latin America'
John Tiffin

John Tiffin’s doctoral dissertation: ‘Problems in Instructional Television in Latin America’ addressed the question as to why ETV was not the solution to the problems faced by educators in developing countries.

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'Images in Educational Television'
John Tiffin and Veronica Teicher

Part of a series of texts written by John Tiffin in cooperation with specialists to introduce television techniques for education to Latin America.

John Tiffin has also written numerous articles for research journals and newspapers such as The Guardian Weekly and The Times Higher Educational Supplement.