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ERIC Number: ED398916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Internet Use to Adult Learners: The LANL Experience.
Smith, Sharon; Comstock, Dan
The Research Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has been teaching an Internet class to adult learners since May 1994. The weekly class combines lecture, personal anecdote, and teacher demonstration with hands-on practice using Gopher and the World Wide Web. The class, open to any Lab employee or associate, has provided 250 people with the skills to find basic reference materials and navigate the Internet for real work-related needs. Presented in question-and-answer format, the paper addresses: (1) computer background of the staff at Los Alamos; (2) teaching methods; (3) starting out with Gopher in 1994; (4) the shift in emphasis to the World Wide Web; (5) the use of PCs as opposed to Macintoshes; (6) validity of Internet resources; (7) the quickly changing Internet environment; (8) connecting to the Internet from places other than where the training takes place; (9) locating useful sites quickly; (10) varying levels of computer knowledge in classes; (11) enforcement of policy about use of the equipment only for work-related activities; (12) high expectations of information available on the Internet, such as worldwide e-mail directories and full-text reproductions of every journal article; (13) costs for using the Internet; (14) the relative merits of different Internet providers; and (15) search techniques. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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