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ERIC Number: ED428014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 21
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Virtual Teaching Assistant: Understanding Internet Technologies and the Classroom.
Reveron, Derek S.
This paper reports the results of using the World Wide Web and a newsgroup for two undergraduate political science courses over an eight-month period. The paper describes an educator's personal experiences with technology as an instructor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The paper examines two distinct questions: first, it explores the characteristics of the student body and how the characteristics influence classroom activities (to accommodate the special needs of the students at UIC on-line materials are necessary to serve as a "virtual teaching assistant"); and second, it explores the components of the "virtual teaching assistant" by explaining the use of these Internet technologies in the classroom. Specifically, the paper discusses the basic components of a web page, how the web page is maximized for classroom usage, and how students use the web in conjunction with the traditional classroom. Web statistics generated during the eight-month period provide empirical evidence for how students use the Web. Additionally, the paper evaluates the newsgroup usage as an alternative to classroom discussion. Contains 4 figures and 9 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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