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ERIC Number: ED407038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Using the Internet To Teach about the Community College.
Townsend, Barbara K.
For several semesters, a professor of higher education at the University of Memphis, in Tennessee, has incorporated electronic mail and the Internet into assignments and classes, including a course on community colleges. At the beginning of courses, a list of e-mail addresses is compiled and distributed to students to enhance communication. Problems with the use of e-mail, however, include the fact that not all students have e-mail access when the course begins and not all systems are compatible for exchanging files. E-mail does provide the major advantage, though, of enabling shy students to communicate with the instructor more freely. An assignment incorporating World Wide Web pages has also been used, with students asked, for example, to find Web sites corresponding to specific types of community colleges, write descriptions of the sites, and present the sites to other students. Problems with the use of the Internet include anxiety related to new techniques and whether students or teachers receive and read e-mail messages sent. Advantages include students' receptivity to the use of the Internet and understanding of its importance, the fact that students who are already proficient in the technology assist other students and the teacher, and the professional development opportunities provided to the instructor. A 17-item list of Useful Web Sites in Teaching about the Community College is appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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