The Electronic Classroom Via The World Wide Web

Michael J. Bartz
1996 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
The use of computer-based instruction in engineering curricula is changing due to the rapid expansion of the Internet-based World Wide Web (WWW, or the Web) and the growing availability of electronic interactive Web browsers. The utility of Web servers and browsers as a personal communication mechanism offers numerous opportunities for innovative instructional methodologies. In its simplest form, servers disseminate course material such as syllabi and homework assignments and solutions. In more
more » ... sophisticated arrangements, the Web client/server relationship provides self-paced interactive tutorials or proctors regular examinations. Web-based utilities provide opportunities to enhance the faculty-sponsored student services. For example, instructional help is available to the student on a demand basis. Web-based tools function as other computer-based instructional tools with immediate feedback to the student and individualized tracking ability for the faculty. There are limitations. Internet response time can be unpredictable and the requirements of a sophisticated personal computer raises the startup costs for students. Interfaces to application programs and op crating systems are still difficult to use, but this situation is improving rapidly. A senior elective at The University of Memphis, Software Design with Ada: ELEC 4274, is taught with the Web as one of the primary tools of disseminate ion, instruction, and testing. Preliminary results indicate a high-level of student interest in the Web-based tutorials and exams.
doi:10.18260/1-2--6010 fatcat:c5wpyv5odvgkfek7564tsxoku4