MIT and Microsoft Corp. Pledge Cooperation on Higher Education

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Microsoft Corp. announced last week that they will collaborate on a five-year, $25 million project to develop advanced technologies to improve higher education.

The project, called I-Campus, involves cooperative projects among students, faculty and researchers at MIT and members of Microsoft Research, and it will be housed on the MIT campus. Both MIT (web.mit.edu) and Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft will seek the help of partners from academia and the private sector and plan to produce products that adhere to open standards and facilitate widespread publication and dissemination.

I-Campus will explore research and development in three areas in which information technology has a major impact on university education: new explanatory approaches and structures, such as remote access to library instruments and World Wide Web-based virtual museums; integration of IT methods and concepts throughout higher education; and changes in the academic environment, such as distance learning.

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