The theory and practice of the virtual university: Working through the work of making work mobile

Neil Pollock, James Cornford

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The coming of new Information CommunicationTechnologies (ICTs) has prompted muchcontroversy in higher education. Scholars andadministrators have been excited by thepotential – perhaps the threat – of the`virtual' university. But whilst much has beenwritten about `virtual higher education', lesshas been said about the actual `work' involved.Drawing upon insights from the sociology oftechnology, this paper reports on the attemptsof one university to reconcile ideas about`virtuality' with the more established networksand infrastructures of traditional universitylife. This research is based upon aparticipant-observation study carried out inthe UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-373
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

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