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The Technical Realities of Virtual Learning: An Overview for the Non-Technologist

Thursday, January 1, 1998


In our enthusiastic embrace of distance education and virtual learning, it is easy to overlook the technological infrastructure necessary to support the effective delivery of services in such environments. This article explores the set of technological issues that underpin the future development of virtual education, including delivery systems, middleware, creationware, and administrative support. The author discusses the need to address authentication and authorization issues, and the right level of investment.

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