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ERIC Number: ED408971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 8
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Visual Literacy and Just-In-Time-Training: Enabling Learners through Technology.
Burton, Terry
Quality education is often impeded by lack of instructor time and by a failure to provide instruction that is individualized and at the point of need. Integration technology into course development can alleviate these problems, but only if the technology is easy to learn and supports a systems approach. In implementing a Web-based Technical Sketching course at Purdue University (Indiana), a systems approach was used to design, develop, and distribute the electronic course materials. The four-part systems model includes people, environment, processes, and technology. The first step is to identify the participants in the system; in this case, students and instructors are the receivers (customers) of the development effort. The environment consists of traditional sketching tools and access Web-enabled computers for the customers. Processes relative to the sketching course content include psychomotor, affective, and cognitive knowledge activities. Technology manifests itself in the form of Web-enabled computers, browser software, and printers for instructors and students. The course developer needs supporting electronic data files, HTML translation software, image mapping software, ftp software, and other specialty software. The combination of Microsoft NT or Windows 95 and the Web authoring aid FrontPage provides the technology components necessary to create and distribute Web-based instructional materials. The next step is for course developers to create and distribute customized learning environments that are visually rich and dynamic. A proposed"Just-In-Time-Training" (JITT) system would involve an Internet component comprised of user information services, a private intranet for class-specific information like grades and personal data, and a development area where the project testing and experimentation would reside. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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