ERIC Number: ED349950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Potential of NovaNET Communications for Education and Instruction.
Steinberg, Esther R.
Intended to suggest ways of implementing the potential of NovaNet beyond its current applications, this report begins with an overview of current educational applications of telecommunications systems. It is noted that NovaNET is not only a successful computer system for presenting instructional courseware, but that it also supports noninstructural educational applications such as management of student records and access to informational resources. Educational applications of other systems are reviewed in the areas of electronic communication and networking, collaboration, characteristics of these applications, distance learning, guided instruction in writing, and teacher support. Educational applications of NovaNET are discussed in the context of administration, access to and exchange of information, incidental learning, and instruction. Two instructional projects using the telecommunications aspects of NovaNET are described; one is a dietetics simulation at the college level, and the other is a creative writing project for high school students. The potential of NovaNET telecommunications for education is then discussed, beginning with a comparison to computer-assisted instruction. Instructional applications are then suggested in the areas of improving writing skills, developing critical thinking skills, learning and planning cooperatively, aiding distance learners, accessing information, and providing support for teachers. Some advantages and disadvantages of instruction by telecommunications are also considered, and a brief discussion of changes in the role of teachers when telecommunications-based materials are integrated into the curriculum concludes the report. (Includes 24 references.) (ALF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Networks, Cooperative Learning, Cooperative Planning, Courseware, Critical Thinking, Distance Education, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Secondary Education, Telecommunications, Thinking Skills, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Computer-Based Education Research Lab.