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The Re.ViCa project ran from October 2007 until October 2009. Re.ViCa has been making an inventory and carrying out a systematic review of cross-institutional Virtual Campus initiatives of the past decade within higher education at European, national and regional levels. The main objective of the Re.ViCa project was to identify relevant parameters and success factors for evaluating and comparing Virtual Campuses, based on thorough research and expert input. The Re.ViCa Consortium organises in-depth discussions with experts in order to incorporate the input of different interest groups.

The International Advisory Committee consists of European and non-European experts in the field of Virtual Campuses, who have provided input on the work of the project team.

The results of the research are now available on a public wiki. All project publications are available on the Publication page on this web site.

All updated information from now on available on:


Project Update

New Re.ViCa newsletter published!

The June/July edition of the Virtual Campus newsletter has been published. Highlights in this edition:

- an insight into the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand with a particular focus on student retention by Ormond Simpson
- background to the Distance Learning Benchmarking Club, by Prof Paul Bacsich
- news from EDEN including the election of their new president and the announcement of their research conference
- a call for testers of quality in technology-enhanced learning for the SEVAQ+ project
- notice about the recognition Re.ViCa has recently received as an "Erasmus Success Story" and "eLearning Europa Portal's Project of the Month"
- and of course a collection of announcements, call for papers, reports and publications in the field of e-learning and the virtual campus

New Re.ViCa newsletter published!

The April/May edition of the Virtual Campus newsletter has been published. Highlights this month include a summary of recent US activity relevant to e-learning and virtual campuses, a report on a workshop on e-learning in South America, an insight into the activities of the Association of Academic E-learning in Poland and a topical collection of announcements, reports and publications in the field of e-learning and the virtual campus.

The Re.ViCa project ended in October 2009 but the Consortium agreed to further investigate the Virtual Campus phenomenon. Please find all updated information from now on the Virtual Campuses wiki: http://www.virtualcampuses.eu

The Re.ViCa Handbook: "Reviewing the Virtual Campus phenomenon: The Rise of Large-scale e-Learning Initiatives Worldwide": is now available: Download pdf.

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The Re.ViCa wiki grows!

The Re.ViCa wiki has already more then 3.000 unique visitors from 140 different countries. We have now more then 450 Notable e-learning intiatives identified around the globe. You can find the list in our Re.ViCa wiki: http://www.virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Programmes.

All updates about the Re.ViCa project are available in the Re.ViCa newsletter. The newsletter includes reports about recent relevant publications and events, information about forthcoming conferences, introductions to several experts and project news.

Launch Re.ViCa wiki: the largest repository on Virtual Campuses and notable elearning initiatives!


Visit our wiki and you will find a list of more than 300 interesting Programmes, all of which have been categorised. Country reports, describing the educational context and ways in which decision-makers in these countries have taken steps to address changes brought about due to the emergence of the Information Society. We have collected and described relevant research projects, outputs, and publications, and provide a list of experts in the field of Virtual Campuses. Please visit and contribute, and become a member of our international group of experts.

Re.ViCa Expert Meeting at ICDE in Maastricht

The Re.ViCa team organised the last IAC Meeting in Maastricht, with 26 experts from all over the world. The experts discussed the main outputs of the Re.Vica project: We discussed trends, or lessons learnt in the frame of Virtual Campuses; What is happening in the elearning world around the globe? And we organised a learning café to discover differences between Virtual Campuses in Europe and the Rest of the world. The discussions were very inspiring, due to the fact that we had a very international audience. Guests included Uswege Minga
from the Open University Tanzania, Lutfor Rahman from the People's University of Bangladesh, Terry Anderson and Rory McGreal from Athabasca University, Canada, and Mohd Ismail Ramli from MARA University of Technology in Malaysia.

The International Advisory Committee meeting 23rd ICDE World Conference/2009 EADTU Annual Conference in Maastricht

The International Advisory Committee meeting of the Re.ViCa project will take place on monday evening (8th of June) during the 23rd ICDE World Conference/2009 EADTU Annual Conference in Maastricht in the Netherlands.

The IAC includes about 20 European and non-European experts in the field of Virtual Campuses, who have been involved in providing input on our research at strategic moments during the lifetime of the project. This final face-to-face meeting with members of the IAC will provide an opportunity to discuss several
significant topics related to our work and specifically to compare European and Non-European Virtual Campuses and to discuss some of the lessons learned from our research. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss some of the project outputs including the extensive wiki on Virtual Campuses we have developed which will be launched at this conference.
Tuesday morning we will present the Project Results during the ICDE Conference.

Re.ViCa 5th Partner Meeting

Tuesday the 21st of April the Re.ViCa Partners met in Leuven to work on the Critical Success Factors to set-up Virtual Campuses and to discuss the theoretical categorisation. As a results the outline of the Re.ViCa handbook is ready and tasks are divided.

Re.ViCa Newsletter March 2009

Throughout February the project partners have been busy with the external evaluation process in order to improve the country reports in the wiki. The idea
behind this process is to involve two experts per country to carry out a review of specific country reports. Read more in the Re.ViCa Newsletter.

Busy month of June: ICDE/EADTU Event in Maastricht
followed by EDEN Annual Conference in Gdansk

This year's annual EDEN conference will take place from 10 - 13 June in Gdansk, Poland immediately after the ICDE/EADTU conference being held from 7-10 June in Maastricht where the Re.ViCa International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting will be held alongside the public launch of the Re.ViCa wiki. Several IAC members are keynote speakers at EDEN this year, namely Gilly Salmon, Fred Litto, Morten F.
Paulsen, and Claudio Dondi.

Re.ViCa Newsletter February 2009

Since the beginning of January, the project partners have been working hard on finalising their country reports to get them ready for the external evaluation process which has now begun... Read more in the Re.ViCa Newsletter

Re.ViCa Netvibes page launched.

The Re.ViCa Partnership invites all stakeholders in the field of Virtual Campuses to have a look at the Re.ViCa Netvibes page. This page collects interesting sites relevant to Virtual Campuses throughout the world.


Re.ViCa Newsletter January 2009

The project team are currently reviewing the country reports.
We have also launched our very own Facebook group... Read more in the January Re.ViCa Newsletter.

Second IAC Key Meeting in Berlin on Virtual Campuses

Members of Re.ViCa’s International Advisory Committee took part in the second Key Meeting on 3 December in Berlin. 18 experts took part in this meeting from Belgium, Canada, Hungary, Estonia, Italy, Finland, France, Kenya, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa and the UK. The experts considered the main outputs of the Re.ViCa project and put forward their opinions about a draft set of critical success factors for those setting up sustainable virtual campus initiatives. Members of the IAC highlighted the importance of the intercultural aspects of learning and shared their views on global initiatives. To conclude they described their own perspectives on the emergence of the Virtual Campus phenomenon in their country which will be used by the project partners in the Re.ViCa historical overview. From the project’s point of view, the goals of this Key Meeting were achieved. Please find the report on the meeting here.

Re.ViCa Partnership organised a Workshop Meeting
Thursday 30 October the Re.ViCa partnership has set-up a working meeting In Leuven to discuss the indepth case-studies of Virtual Campus Initiatives.
Next International Advisory Keymeeting is Planned!
Our next Key Meeting with the International Advisory Committee is planned for December 3 in Berlin,just before the Online Educa Berlin Conference.
Re.ViCa Poster Session at ALT-C Conference
Our Partner from Matic Media Ltd Paul Bacsich represented the Re.ViCa Project at the ALT-C Conference in Leeds on 8-11 September with a Poster Session.

The first Key Meeting in Lisbon

The first Key Meeting with the International Advisory Committee in Lisbon was of great value for the project. We gathered a lot of input, visions and new ideas from the experts from all over the world. The Advisory Committee evaluated the meeting also very positive and saw the Key Meeting as an opportunity to network and share ideas about Virtual Campus Initiatives around the world.

"I did not really know exactly what to expect, but the opportunities, networking, new friends and learning met my expectations. "




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