From the Virtual Project to the Normal FernUniversität Routine

A milestone for the blanket use of New Media and state-of-the-art-information and communication technologies was the Education and Knowledge Space: Virtual University. The university-wide concept for the further developing of modern teaching and learning, and the further improving of communication and support was put into operation in October 2004. Since that date it has been an integral part of the normal FernUniversität routine. Only 15 years earlier there had been another milestone in just the same area. In 1979 – after having shared the devices of another university for some time - the FernUnversität commissioned the first computer of its own in order to support studies. It became a network knot in the precursor of the present scientific net, via which for the first time also FernUniversität students were able to access their university, using other university computer centres.