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Pen Content and the Emerging Global Meta-University

EDUCAUSE Review Volume 41, Number 3, ISSN 1527-6619


In this article, the author cites the many questions familiar to all who ponder the role of the university in the modern world. Among them are the following: (1) What is the appropriate use of "educational technology" in teaching, learning, and scholarship?; (2) What will be the nature of globalization of higher education?; (3) Will the Internet fundamentally reshape higher education?; and (4) Are residential colleges and universities dinosaurs or the wave of the future? In the light of these questions, the author examines some of the latest technological projects that provide open access (or nonprofit, shared-cost approximations thereto) to teaching materials, archives of digitized journals and books, collections of digitized art images, near real-time collections of the scholarly output of institutions, and archives of back issues of electronic journals which are being utilized by the higher education. The author also views that in the open-access movement, the world is seeing the early emergence of a "meta-university"--a transcendent, accessible, empowering, dynamic, communally constructed framework of open materials and platforms on which much of higher education worldwide can be constructed or enhanced. He also warns that if open-source materials are to reach their full potential for use by scholars, teachers, students, and self-learners, at least four fundamental issues need to be addressed: (1) intellectual property rights; (2) quality control; (3) cost; and (4) bandwidth. (Contains 6 notes.)


Vest, C.M. (2006). Pen Content and the Emerging Global Meta-University. EDUCAUSE Review, 41(3),. Retrieved May 20, 2019 from .

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