Virtualization of inter-university and academic communication: Methods, structure, communities
A team of sociologists working for the Department of General Sociology (National Research University–Higher School of Economics) under the guidance of Prof. N.Pokrovsky met a challenge to examine the process of university and academic communication, virtualization in the contemporary world, to simulate this phenomenon, to test it experimentally. Each of the articles presented here touch upon a certain aspect of the virtualization teaching process in the contemporary university. Some aspects occur as self-apparent, for example, computer applications and the digitization of text publications, the use of visual media aids for representing texts and accompanying lectures. Such facts as the extension of the ‘student-tutor‘ dialogue on academic problems via Internet are of quite common occurrence now. However, some more radical innovation is connected to the distant learning development in the form of online teleconferencing and satellite telecasting.
Current results of the programme dedicated to the research of these phenomena are also represented in the given publication.