ERIC Number: ED405041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Humanities On (the) line: Classrooms, Space, and the Supplement.
New technological advances, in particular the Internet, can alter the architectural limits that restrict education by providing "lines of flight" outside of traditional structures. For example, students can access a library catalogue using computers in class, rather than actually having to go as a class to the library. In a computer-assisted instruction literature class at Georgia's Dekalb College, spatial limitations were overcome by placing the course syllabus on the World Wide Web, allowing students to work on assignments without the instructor and allowing for the use of numerous on-line supplements. This kind of innovation changes teacher-student relations, fostering a networked learning community that can take place in and out of the classroom. Simple tools like newsgroups and electronic mail can serve as a supplement to the classroom discussion, while more extreme examples of supplemental space are provided by Multi-User Dimensions (MUDs) and Multi-User Dimensions, Object Oriented (MOOs), which allow users to create text-based "spatial" environments that encourage playfulness and a freer exchange of ideas than the traditional classroom. Problems can arise, however, with the time needed to keep students up to speed with the technology and to teach them to sort through enormous amounts of information on the Web. It is also important to realize that while technology may break down some barriers between teachers and students, learning may become nothing more than play and some students may try to take too much control. (HAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: DeKalb Community Coll., Clarkston, GA.