Online Virtual Universities21st century is a century of internet, this centuary has given us a new world i.e Virtual World. Now every thing is online whether it's Dating, Shopping, Career counseling or chatting, even people love to make virtual friends. Since the reach of internet has expred all over the world, it has given a chance to the people to study online. Keeping this in mind many of the world's famous universities and institutions has taken an initiative to open a virtual university.
A virtual university provides higher education programs through electronic media, typically the Internet. Some of the universities offers courses throuh intenet as a part of their extended study courses but some solely offer online courses. The main motive of all the virtual universities is to give reach to those who either are not able to join a physical classroom or wants some flaxibility in class timmings.
Virtual university is really a boon for those who dream to study in a perticular university but unable to attand the campus with some odd reasons. There are many world's top most universities like Michigan, Harvard, Canadian universities etc offers higher level education programs through online medium.
Some Virtual Universities in the world
As one of the largest virtual schools in the U.S., Michigan Virtual School offers more than 150 online courses, including unique courses like Chinese and CareerForward®, an online career exploration course.
Canadian Virtual University (CVU) is an association of Canada's leading universities specializing in online and distance education.
The goal is to help students in Canada and around the world quickly find quality-assured online education.
The Tamils living in different parts of the world, in order to preserve their cultural identity and observe their traditions and values, need to maintain familiarity with Tamil and be knowledgeable about their heritage. Recognising this fact and for meeting the felt and emerging needs of the Tamil Communities and others interested in Tamil studies, the Chief Minister of the Government of Tamil Nadu, announced at an International Seminar and Conference on Information Technology in February 1999 about Tamil Virtual University (TVU) setup.
BITS Pilani is a technological university currently offering Master's degree and Doctoral programmes in various areas of Science, Humanities, Management and various branches of Engineering & Technology.
These programs were initially offered to only on-campus students. However in the past decade it has had significant experience in distance learning pedagogy and instructional design. To make its model of distance learning scalable, reachable to wider audience and leverage the benefits of emerging technologies, BITS conceived and designed the BITS Virtual University (VU).
The African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies.
Seven African Governments - Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania and Mozambique have signed a Charter establishing the AVU as an Intergovernmental Organization.
The Virtual University, Pakistan’s first University based completely on modern Information and Communication Technologies, was established by the Government as a public sector, not-for-profit institution with a clear mission: to provide extremely affordable world class education to aspiring students all over the country. Using free-to-air satellite television broadcasts and the Internet, the Virtual University allows students to follow its rigorous programs regardless of their physical locations.
The California Virtual Campus provides complete, timely, and accurate information about online courses and programs in California higher education, and serves as the guide to students as they navigate through the complex world of distance education in California. CVC’s focus is to provide a full suite of system-wide distance education student and faculty services with the goal of getting a traditional or online student to degree or transfer faster. Further, the CVC supports faculty members by partnering with K-12 schools, community colleges, CSUs, UCs, private universities, and other CCC projects to support the development of high-quality online courses and programs and services to their constituents.
Students have yet again rated The Open University among the UK's top three higher educations institutions for overall student satisfaction. In 2011 the OU came third out of 157 universities in the National Student Survey - placed equally with Oxford. In Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland the OU is the top-rated higher education institution.