This paper explores why the virtual university movement may be entering a new phase of development. This phase is characterized by inter-university coalitions that share information and communication technology (ICT) platforms to develop and deliver web-based courses. This collaborative movement is the result of a number of forces driven primarily by the need to address escalating ICT costs and overcome resistance of faculty to distance education initiatives. Complementary resources such as national library databases; Internet-based course materials; low cost, broadband communications; Internet2; and state legislative initiatives are additional drivers facilitating the move toward a collaborative virtual university (CVU) model. This model is examined as a change agent for universities to reexamine their individual roles in leveraging Internet resources to enhance the quality of higher education programs. Leading edge initiatives are also described.
Morrissey, Charles A.
"Rethinking the Virtual University,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems:
Vol. 9, Article 29.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol9/iss1/29