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ERIC Number: ED412981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 20
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The Electronic Library and the Online Classroom: A Technical, Legal, Ethical, and Moral Perspective.
Latimore, Ritchie R.
This paper addresses online classroom and electronic library issues which include the myriad of technical difficulties encountered, along with physical and intellectual property rights. It also makes a statistical comparison of two proportions of Internet access between city and rural schools. An inescapable time lag between the introduction of new technology and attempts to address its legal, ethical, and moral implications are discussed. A statistical inference of exponential growth in the number of Internet hosts from 1981-1997, advertised in the Domain Name Server are also reviewed. The study concludes that, as electronic libraries and online classrooms proliferate, containing vast databases of information linked together by the information superhighway, distributed, standards-based, scaleable online classrooms and electronic libraries are inevitable. To place these global virtual online classrooms and electronic libraries at the fingertips of a world-wide clientele will require the development of intelligent client programs that can aid the user in exploring the thousands of distributed information servers. It will also require application of advanced techniques for information retrieval, information filtering, resource discovery, and the application of new techniques for automatically analyzing and characterizing data sources ranging from texts to videotapes. Additionally, it will require that new laws and legislation be enacted based solely on the use of computer technology. (Contains 14 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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