ERIC Number: ED405839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Integrating courses with the Internet: Preparing the Teacher As Well As the Learner.
Williams, Arthur E.
Most colleges and universities have Internet connections that provide students and faculty access to a world of information resources. The challenge for instructors and the administrators is integrating these resources into the curriculum. One of the most influential technologies is electronic mail, which helps foster communication between teachers and students. New information technology is also giving life to distance education, with interactive video being supplemented with bulletin boards, listservs, and Web pages. This sort of interaction has not yet advanced to the point where it can substitute for the traditional classroom experience, nor is it anticipated to do so. Whether the lecture is over a distance, or in a traditional classroom, difficult concepts can become clearer when visual examples are there for the student's edification. The changing nature of the Internet makes navigation a challenge. The UWired program at the University of Washington is an attempt to bring the tools and skills within the reach of the average student. The UWired model shows that a well-planned and officially sanctioned program can work in integrating technology into students' lives; what is even more important is giving faculty a firm footing in these new techniques. Technology assists active learning, but teaching methods and teacher roles need to change as well. Teaching on the World Wide Web will mean changing content and appearance on a regular basis to fit student expectations of Web content; it will also mean an increasing need for the instructor to learn and adapt. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Information Sources, Instructional Development, Internet, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) Summer Conference Proceedings (29th, North Myrtle Beach, SC, June 9-13, 1996); see IR 018 247.