ERIC Number: ED394559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Designing a Virtual Classroom through the Use of Laptop Computers.
Bradshaw, Al; Massey, Joanne
Laptop computers offer a unique way to package a course so that students will learn academic communication skills using the latest technological tools. Laptops can be programmed to be compatible with a school's computer system, eliminating many potential problems students might face in adapting their home computers. Additionally, a level playing field is created because all students use the same tools and all students enjoy increased access to instructors through electronic mail. To best exploit these benefits, Mesa Community College, in Arizona, created an experimental English course stored on the hard drives of laptop computers, including the course syllabus, assignments, lectures, and exercises. The laptops also featured directions for such tasks as running the software, connecting to the Internet, and faxing assignments. Assignments are to be written using Microsoft Word, and they will include "hyper links" within the document that link lectures and exercises to the lesson. Assignments, lectures, and instructions are all kept in different directories, and instructors can write additional course elements linked to the curriculum by hyper links. Because the course work is available in software format, it is easy to change courses on the laptop without disturbing the general configuration of the software. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Laptop Computers; Mesa Community College AZ
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.