ERIC Number: ED477068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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An Alternative System To Deliver and Manage Online Courses through the World Wide Web.
Colazzo, Luigi; Molinari, Andrea
This paper describes the experience of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Trento, Italy, in delivering online courses through the Web. The faculty chose to design and build its own system from scratch rather than buy one off the shelf. The paper discusses the considerations informing this decision, and presents the main functionalities of the system, which was built with a server-side approach. There are asynchronous functions provided, such as the ability for the teacher to upload educational materials and for the student to download these materials through the Web. Some interesting synchronous functions built into the system include the teacher-student chat forum and the low-cost videoconferencing tool where a single student can interact with the teacher who is available on-line at the same time. Everything is integrated in a unique, browser-based system accessible from everywhere. The paper also describes some important administrative functions of the system. (Contains 11 references and 5 figures.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer System Design, Courseware, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Online Systems, Teleconferencing, World Wide Web
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