ERIC Number: ED406701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
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The Challenge of Developing On-Line Courses.
Auter, Philip J.; Hanna, Michael S.
Many challenges face the communication instructor wishing to use the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other on-line resources in the classroom; most common are questions of faculty support, facilities limitations, and student limitations. While some members of communication departments may speak glowingly about the future of the on-line classroom, few recognize the level of work involved in creating, updating, and maintaining it. The instructor must additionally become engineer, computer scientist, and lab technician. Some colleagues resist, some academics and administrators have difficulty justifying the high costs, and course maintenance becomes a problem because of the labor-intensive preparations and increased exposure to the students. Available facilities are often inadequate. Limitations regarding students include increased course costs, and coordination and control over students losing sight of course goals. To include use of the Internet in an otherwise regularly designed course presents a struggle for the professor. A course developed about the Internet to provide help would logically contain a small hands-on, on-line component and require the instructor to perform limited course design preparations. Professors who do not invest the time in course development and modification now will be in little demand for the communication programs of tomorrow. (Contains a sample course description and lists of on-line resources, tutors, and development resources.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (82nd, San Diego, CA, November 23-26, 1996).