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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
Concordia University President D. Ray Halm will take a partial leave of absence during the coming school year, devoting half of his time to establishing an interactive video network based at the Irvine campus. The "virtual university" will connect seminaries, universities, high schools and congregations affiliated with the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church across the United States. Funding for the four-year, $6.
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BUSINESS
March 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Capitalizing on the popularity of social networks and online worlds, Sony Corp. will launch its virtual universe and a 3-D game built almost entirely by players. "Home" is a real-time, networked world for the PlayStation 3 in which players create human-looking characters called avatars. The concept is strikingly similar to Linden Lab's "Second Life," a Web-based phenomenon with nearly 4.5 million residents.
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NEWS
April 8, 1999 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Once touted as the vehicle to whisk college students into cyber-classes, the California Virtual University has run out of gas. The University of California has agreed to keep the Web site running, so that students still have access to an electronic catalog of 2,550 online courses offered by California's colleges and universities.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2002 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A licensed architect since 1986, Stephen Corbin always wanted a college degree, saying the lack of a diploma to hang on his wall left him with "an empty feeling." Between running his own company--which specializes in public school projects--and raising a family, the Bakersfield resident never had time to polish off his course work. Instead he called a telephone number at the bottom of an e-mail advertisement offering degrees from a European university based on "life experience."
NEWS
July 30, 1998 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson turned the fledgling California Virtual University over to a nonprofit foundation Wednesday, saying that there was "no need" to create a new state bureaucracy to oversee the electronic gateway to online college courses.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
So what could possibly serve as a mascot for a virtual school? That's the quandary for the staff at California Virtual University, a statewide initiative to put courses from California colleges and universities on the Internet.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students at UC Irvine rally around the Anteaters. Over at USC, it's the Trojans. And at Cal State Long Beach, fans cheer for the 49ers. So what could possibly serve as a mascot for a virtual school? That's the current quandary for the staff at California Virtual University, a statewide initiative to put courses from California colleges and universities on the Internet.
NEWS
October 3, 1996 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson informed the governors of 10 other Western states Wednesday that California will not be joining their effort to create a regional online college but will instead go it alone, creating its own virtual university. In a letter to Colorado Gov. Edward T. Schafer, Wilson wished the consortium well, but suggested that California plans to be a fierce competitor in the online education marketplace.
NEWS
March 13, 1999 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Professor Socorro Marcos, a department head at Monterrey Technical Institute, was chatting recently with two postgraduate students. Julio Larios asked her to serve on his thesis committee, while Juan Carlos Cielo Flores had questions about a paper's final draft. During these discussions, Larios was in Honduras, Cielo Flores was at his office in Peru, and the professor never left her desk at the Monterrey Tech campus in this northern Mexican city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saying the companies that will benefit from Ventura County's first public university should help shape it, Cal State University Channel Islands officials have hired a consultant to solicit ideas from local business leaders.
NEWS
August 15, 1999 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Come next month, a lot of American parents might well envy Isabelle Marconville. On Sept. 6, the wife of a government prosecutor in this rural region near the English Channel will escort her 2-year-old daughter, Clemence, to her first day at a state-run, tax-financed ecole maternelle (literally, "maternal school"). For Clemence, there may be some tears and anxiety in the school courtyard as she is gently separated from her mother and placed in the care of strangers.
NEWS
April 8, 1999 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Once touted as the vehicle to whisk college students into cyber-classes, the California Virtual University has run out of gas. The University of California has agreed to keep the Web site running, so that students still have access to an electronic catalog of 2,550 online courses offered by California's colleges and universities.
NEWS
March 13, 1999 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Professor Socorro Marcos, a department head at Monterrey Technical Institute, was chatting recently with two postgraduate students. Julio Larios asked her to serve on his thesis committee, while Juan Carlos Cielo Flores had questions about a paper's final draft. During these discussions, Larios was in Honduras, Cielo Flores was at his office in Peru, and the professor never left her desk at the Monterrey Tech campus in this northern Mexican city.
NEWS
July 30, 1998 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson turned the fledgling California Virtual University over to a nonprofit foundation Wednesday, saying that there was "no need" to create a new state bureaucracy to oversee the electronic gateway to online college courses.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
So what could possibly serve as a mascot for a virtual school? That's the quandary for the staff at California Virtual University, a statewide initiative to put courses from California colleges and universities on the Internet.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students at UC Irvine rally around the Anteaters. Over at USC, it's the Trojans. And at Cal State Long Beach, fans cheer for the 49ers. So what could possibly serve as a mascot for a virtual school? That's the current quandary for the staff at California Virtual University, a statewide initiative to put courses from California colleges and universities on the Internet.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Capitalizing on the popularity of social networks and online worlds, Sony Corp. will launch its virtual universe and a 3-D game built almost entirely by players. "Home" is a real-time, networked world for the PlayStation 3 in which players create human-looking characters called avatars. The concept is strikingly similar to Linden Lab's "Second Life," a Web-based phenomenon with nearly 4.5 million residents.
OPINION
December 1, 1996
Since the early 1990s, campuses like Cal State Dominguez Hills and UC Irvine have been supplementing traditional teaching methods with "distance learning" techniques like videoconference classes and e-mail tutorials. But not until this fall did we see ambitious plans for two large, accredited "virtual universities" whose main campus will be the Internet. In September, 13 western states said they will open the Western Governors University by next June. Gov.
NEWS
March 17, 1997 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His classroom is his living room. He can drink beer during lectures. And best of all, when he's tired of the day's lesson--which he endures whenever he wants--he simply clicks his computer mouse and goes surfing. Web surfing, that is.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saying the companies that will benefit from Ventura County's first public university should help shape it, Cal State University Channel Islands officials have hired a consultant to solicit ideas from local business leaders.
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