ERIC Number: ED378953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Training in the Use of the Internet.
Hauck, Rita M.
This paper outlines how to teach an introductory workshop about the Internet. It includes field-tested instruction and materials, training session agendas, exercises, materials for use with or without hands-on computer work, a pre-workshop needs assessment form, an instructor evaluation form, and Internet navigation exercises. Although the field test was implemented with graduate students, many of the materials and techniques may be adapted to younger learners. The materials were designed with a plan for teaching students basic computer network skills and information before going online. Since teaching about the Internet presents unique problems such as lack of Internet access and students with a broad range of computer skills and interests, the training accounts for these challenges in the following ways: (1) through the use of three separate training sessions (agendas), one without using computer hardware or software, a second using a computer, but not connected to the Internet, and another with online exercises for those students with a basic knowledge of the Internet; (2) through needs assessment forms which differentiate levels of learners' experience and determine what hardware, software and protocol is available to the user; (3) a workshop evaluation form; and (4) a technology training checklist. An appendix provides outlines of the three training agendas, the workshop evaluation form, a computer network interest survey, an introduction to and history of the Internet, and a list of world wide web (WWW) sites of interest to educators. (MAS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (Anaheim, CA, February 11, 1995).