ERIC Number: ED444528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Using Web Database Tools To Facilitate the Construction of Knowledge in Online Courses.
McNeil, Sara G.; Robin, Bernard R.
This paper presents an overview of database tools that dynamically generate World Wide Web materials and focuses on the use of these tools to support research activities, as well as teaching and learning. Database applications have been used in classrooms to support learning activities for over a decade, but, although business and e-commerce have quickly embraced dynamic Web-based databases, their potential in educational environments is just beginning to be explored. The paper builds a theoretical framework for using Web-based databases to support constructivist learning and describes several applications of dynamic databases used to facilitate the construction of knowledge and support collaborative activities in online teacher education courses. Specific topics addressed include: trends in Web-based instruction and online courses; faculty concerns about developing Web-based courses; the student perspective; dynamic databases, including how a dynamic database works, features of Web-based databases, and the potential for dynamic databases in teaching and learning; and examples of dynamic databases, including student pictures and biographies for HyperGroups, a computer-based instruction database, and faculty feedback for student assignments. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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