ERIC Number: ED413818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-3
Using the Web To Improve Instruction.
Mitchell, Mark L.
This paper offers guidelines for developing class Web pages and integrating their use into college courses. It notes that this has been simplified since teachers no longer need to know how to program in HyperText Markup Language (HTML), but teachers still must understand the hypertext medium as well as established pedagogical principles. Specific suggestions are offered for four web-based documents: the class yearbook, the class bulletin board, the syllabus, and class notes. The yearbook and bulletin board demonstrate how the Web can be used to improve communication among class members. The web-based syllabus can improve professor-student communication and provide other benefits such as allowing students to preview the syllabus prior to registration, allowing easy ongoing revision, and allowing easy linking to related information. Finally, publishing class notes on the Web is seen as a way to improve student learning by taking advantage of such Web features as low cost, multimedia format, revisability, building on the work of others, integrating course material, and individualizing instruction. This paper's final section offers suggestions for getting students to use the page. These include using rewards, attracting interest, and updating the page frequently as well as making the site user-friendly. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (104th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 9-13, 1996).