ERIC Number: ED418957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-1
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Teaching on the Internet. Meeting the Challenges of Electronic Learning.
Teeter, Thomas A.
This paper examines how the University of Arkansas at Little Rock used Internet resources in an introductory education course, American Education. During the spring semester of 1996 and 1997, educators taught the course both via the Internet and in classrooms. Teaching materials were located on the university's website. The only difference between the online course and the classroom course was the medium of information transmission. Course objectives and assignments were identical. For the online course, students read text and lectures online and participated in listserv discussions. They took examinations in the computer lab and completed online assignments. Students also had to find sites to visit via online contacts and interview classroom teachers. Students had to serve at least 14 hours at the university's neighborhood homework center located near campus, which helps inner city elementary students with their homework. Benefits observed from the online course included higher student motivation, exposure to extended resources, and improved quality of discussion and written assignments. Drawbacks included lack of technical support and extra time required of teachers and students. Students in the online course did equally well to students in the classroom course on four examinations. A list of resources for Web teachers and a list of other resources are included. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: University of Arkansas Little Rock
Note: Paper presented at the Fall Conference of the Arkansas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (October 1-2, 1997).