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ETH World – Design and Implementation of a Virtual University


W. Schaufelberger, A. Hagström

ASEE/SEFI/TUB International Conference, Berlin, Global Changes in Engineering Education.

ETH World is a strategic initiative for establishing a new, virtual campus at the Swiss Federal Institute of technology (ETH) Zurich. ETH World will provide services in the areas of research, teaching, learning, and infrastructure for the established disciplines in technology and natural science at ETH. The initiative aims to develop the excellence of ETH Zurich making use of the new facilities and infrastructure instruments and methods that technological development offers. It is an integral part of the university, supporting its academic planning, infrastructure, and financing processes. This presentation describes the background to ETH World and an international conceptual competition, organized in 2000 to seek ideas for the "infostructure" of this new academic environment. First experiences, especially with the broad introduction of laptops and wireless LAN into the teaching process are discussed.


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