VIRTUAL UNIVERSITIES — FUTURE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS AND ACADEMICS
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AbstractVirtual Universities, or as many term them ‘virtual learning environments’, have taken the education world by storm. However, because this learning approach is so new, little study has been conducted on the implications that this phenomenon will have for students and academics who study and teach in this environment. Harasim and Teles in Harasim, Hiltz, Teles, and Turoff (1995), suggested that the aim of virtual universities is to provide totally online course delivery through the use of computer networking. By researching this topic, through a critical review of existing literature and case study research, this paper highlights important issues associated with the advantages and disadvantages associated with virtual universities. This paper also provides the reader with practical and useful guidelines to follow when undergoing the transformation from traditional university, to virtual university. Lastly, this paper provides a discussion of future implications that the benefits, problems, and guidelines have for students and academics.