ERIC Number: ED470187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Simple Techniques for Using the Internet as a Supplemental Course Resource.
Owen, Dennis O.
With the wide acceptance of the Internet as an information and communication source, students have come to expect it to supply supplemental course material and other enhancements to their traditional classroom activities. The World Wide Web has become so integrated into all aspects of computer usage that most personal productivity applications provide Web tools as part of the software. The degree of this integration varies with the application and the vendor, but these rudimentary Internet tools exist in much of the software educators use in course preparation and delivery. Through the application of these simple tools to the documents, spreadsheets, communications, and presentation currently generated, they can easily be made available to students through a Web page. Lecture notes, presentation slides, study guides, practice quizzes, solutions, and homework guides are just a few of the documents educators generate with a word processor. These can easily be converted to a format that is viewable over the Web. Grade postings and other data generated with a spreadsheet can be made available via the Web in a similar manner. The on-demand availability of the Internet offers several advantages. Students can access information when they are ready to study, and when specific information is needed to finish an assignment. As a result of this information availability, the instructor will spend less time redistributing lost or missed information, and less time answering the same question from several different students. On-demand information availability is beneficial to both traditional and non-traditional learners. Traditional students maintain the structure and control of traditional instructional methodologies while having increased access to support information. Non-traditional students are provided a mechanism that places them personally in control of what they learn, and when they learn it. This control is a necessary component of successful learning in the non-traditional student population. The Internet offers the student more timely access to specific course-related information with less effort on the part of the instructor. Add in the wide acceptance and availability of the Web, and new opportunities for course and learning improvement become evident. With minimal effort, the Internet can enhance almost any course. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development [and] Practice Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (24th, Atlanta, GA, November 8-12, 2001). Volumes 1-2; see IR 021 504.