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ERIC Number: ED431390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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German History on the Web: An Experiment in "Studio-Based" Teaching.
Bazillion, Richard J.; Braun, Connie
A World Wide Web-based course at Winona State University (Minnesota) in the history of modern Germany (1818-1990), offered during the 1997-98 academic year, showcased several teaching innovations. Taught in "studio mode," with a workstation for each student, the course combined seminar discussions with electronic communication via e-mail and listserv. HTML "commentaries" for each class replaced traditional lectures. Most course reading was available online through access to the J-STOR database. Students learned electronic research skills in the process of searching out and analyzing course-related Web sites. This paper begins with an introductory section that lists the advantages of Web-based courses and outlines seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. The second section discusses course design considerations, including the constructivist themes of active learning, individualization, cooperative learning, critical thinking, contextual learning, and learning to learn. Classroom technology is addressed in the third section. The fourth section describes the course, including links to other Web sites, the ability to access reserve readings, and assignments. Course design and production are covered in the last two sections, including hyperlinks, transition from text-based to HTML format, cost, and faculty role. It is concluded that creation of Web-based courses demands significant effort, but the payoff is great. (AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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