ERIC Number: ED402975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
An Hour with the Internet Curmudgeon.
While the Internet undeniably contains an enormous amount of information, community colleges should consider some key issues before joining the headlong rush toward virtual classrooms. First, information can be very difficult to find on the Internet. Although search engines, web databases, and subject directories have been developed to help users find specific information, none of these are free from "false drops," or search results that are not related to the topic due to multiple meanings for the same word. In addition, because of the rapidly increasing traffic on the Internet, long delays may be experienced, which can adversely affect classes that use Internet labs. Another problem exists with computer "hackers" and vandals who bog down computer networks and disseminate viruses to web locations throughout the world. There is also the problem of advertising on the Internet; eye-catching graphics and cartoons could lure students away from their research toward other sites. Finally, due to life-cycle budgeting for computers, upgrades for machines and software, faculty and staff training, curriculum development, and institutional liability, the Internet can become rather costly as well. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College's Conference on Information Technology (Phoenix, AZ, November 13-16, 1996).