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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)

The Portuguese version of the book is available from Artmed Editora SA ,Ave. Jeronimo de Ornelas 670, Porto Alegre, RS 90040-340 - Brazil and the Spanish version from Editorial UOC, S.L.AV. Tibidabo, 45-47, 2ª Planta 08035 Barcelona.

Chapter 1
The universals of a university. The university paradigm. Paradigms on paradigms. Paradigms are communication systems. Universities are educational communication systems. How universities differ as communication systems. What then is a university? What no one dares say.

Chapter 2
Universities have IT. IT has only just begun. What difference does IT make? Is it a real university if IT is asynchronous? Narrowband internet and virtual universities. Broadband internet and virtual universities. Avatars. Virtual class and HyperClass. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in universities. JITAITs (Just in Time Artificially Intelligent Teachers). Artificial life in universities. Who gets to play God?

Chapter 3
Instruction in universities. Episteme in university instruction. The instructional paradigm of the modern university. Organising instruction. Paradigm acquisition. Syntagm practice. In depth instruction. Evaluation and certification. Instructional paradigm for a virtual global university of the future. Hypersubjects in HyperClasses.

Chapter 4
New academics for old New teachers for old. Teaching An academic hierarchy for the future. Who are the teachers?

Chapter 5
Old students for new. Growth of student numbers. The Changing demographic. Students are on the right side of the Bell Curve. Who can afford to go to university? Who will control universities? New learning styles. Pedagogical JITAITS. The physical side of student life. Plagiarism.

Chapter 6
Play the game: knowledge in universities. What is knowledge in a university? Knowledge is paradigmatic. Subject knowledge as a self-organising system. University libraries and explicit knowledge on the internet. Multilingual knowledge and the internet. Knowledge in Coaction Fields. The commercialisation of university knowledge. The pursuit of knowledge.

Chapter 7
The problem’s the thing: research in a global virtual university. Privileging problems. The problem with problems. Research problems. Commercialisation of university research. Problematisation. Problem structures. The future of problems. Global problems.

Chapter 8
The curriculum of globalisation. The universals of university curricula. Producing professionals who address global problems. The search for reality. A fractal and organic curriculum. An issues curriculum. Level one of a global curriculum: an introductory week. Level two of a global curriculum: two basic programmes. Globalisation: the practical issues Globalisation: the theoretical issues. Level three of a global curriculum. Level four of a global curriculum. Is a global curriculum feasible? A cautionary syntagm.

Chapter 9
Global corporate. The idea of a global university. A global virtual university in the virtual agora. Accreditation. Assessment.Brand names. HyperCampus. Organisation of a GVU. Global study centres. The civilising mission. link to this book

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