ERIC Number: ED437114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
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Use of the Internet in Teaching Mathematics in the Community College.
Miller, Charles J., Jr.
This study focuses on one narrow segment of the electronic technology revolution--the utilization of the Internet in community college mathematics courses. The study's primary interest is in community college mathematics programs in New Jersey. Thus, it considers the general use of the Internet by the mathematics departments in New Jersey's nineteen community colleges. The second component moves to the national level, which focuses on the use of the Internet to offer on-line mathematics courses rather than on the general use of the Internet. The goals of this component were to see how New Jersey compared to the nation in this area and to get input from mathematics faculty members who already offer on-line courses. Out of the 774 web sites for two-year colleges across the country in the study, 34% indicated that the college offered on-line courses, but only 10% indicated that they offered on-line mathematics courses. Several possible reasons are offered to explain the scarcity of on-line math courses. If colleges plan to offer on-line courses, they must be ready to provide a 24-hour help line for students. Technical support for faculty must include training on Web site development, strategies for using the Web effectively, and on how to use necessary software, e-mail, and chatrooms. Educators need to determine the characteristics that will allow a student to be successful in an on-line course. Adequate hardware is also a major consideration in going on-line. The survey instruments are appended. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey