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One of the key using forces in the back of the foreign Women´s college used to be the curiosity in altering the normal collage. In its pursuit of this objective, the projekt vifu (the digital foreign collage) mixed the final specialise in gender with a conceptual rigidity on virtuality as a possible inroad to rework and innovate the validated educational procedure. This assortment offers effects and important reviews of the vifu as a feminist undertaking designed in taste of swap. as well as this, the quantity offers and discusses tasks which theoretically and virtually combine the recent ICTs into their departure to new horizons in greater schooling and study and on the related perform a specific sensitivity in the direction of gender as a social class. The authors of this anthology proportion the point of view at the type of gender and ICT-related advancements summed up via "virtuality" as power instruments for reworking conventional academia. whereas switch isn't really regarded as a top quality in step with se, each one contribution makes its case for particular types of "making new". In doing so, in addition they search solutions to the questions of a democratic and socially in charge wisdom creation and distribution within the 21 st century.

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In his book Digital Capitalism, Dan Schiller describes how large corporations in the USA started to outsource 32 Eva Hartmann their own vocational training units in the 1980s. These have now become autonomously functioning educational enterprises that also serve other clients (2000, 147155). The ICT-related pressure on employees to upgrade their qualifications created a new market for IT-training providers who, although acting independently, profit from synergy with the parent corporation. At the same time they improve the acceptance of those corporations' products.

Interestingly, the banner headline of the home page of the Western Governor's University (a virtual university discussed below) read (WGU May 2002): 'See how one working mom was able to receive her degree without ever leaving her hometown'. The woman featured is a high school teacher in a mid-West American community. Her own comment: '[live a couple of hours away from Open and Virtual Universities 49 any university, and didn't want to leave my kids at night' is identical to statements made by many women ODL students that my colleagues and I have interviewed over the years.

Quality assurance of imported education poses another problem. 13 It is an open question whether a curriculum created in an economically strong country can simply be transferred to countries which find themselves in essentially different economic, social and cultural situations. This applies particularly to smaller and poor countries, and is even more important since they cannot afford to make any special demands because of their low purchasing power. They can only afford to import quite unspecific, "one size fits all" education.

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