ERIC Number: ED475945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
The Joys and Sorrows of Teaching Computer Literacy Online.
Parker, Brenda; Hankins, Judith
The first online course at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was offered in the fall semester of 1997. However, until spring 2001, the Computer Science Department had never offered a course that was completely online, though many courses have had substantial online components. In fall 2000, the authors decided that an on-line Computer Literacy course should be offered. The development and delivery of the course was a learning experience and provided several insights into what should and should not be done in an online course. Preparation time for the class was intensive as was soon discovered. A thorough review of the literature was the starting point for course development and delivery. Many decisions had to be made during the course development phase and a list of those major decisions was developed. When the course actually started, there was a new set of learning experiences involved. Learning experiences included the discovery that an online course is not suited for everyone and that an online course is time-intensive for the instructor even after course materials are developed. This paper discusses strategies used in the development of the class and the problems that were encountered as the class was offered for the first time. It also provides a list of items that were found to be beneficial to the learning process for the student and for the teacher. (Contains 14 references and 3 figures.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Science Education, Distance Education, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation, Online Systems, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://confreg.uoregon.edu/necc2002/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: NECC 2002: National Educational Computing Conference Proceedings (23rd, San Antonio, Texas, June 17-19, 2002); see IR 021 916. Some figures contain very small, illegible type.