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A Beginner's Approach To Teaching With The Internet

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.2.1 - 1.2.6

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Shelli Kay Starrett

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Session 2632

A Beginner’s Approach to Teaching with the Internet

Shelli Kay Starrett Kansas State University


The purpose of this paper is to report on some “educational experiments” using the Internet and interactive teaching techniques. The author is seeking to develop a teaching style that encourages active participation on the part of the student and takes advantage of the wealth of new technology and information resources currently available. The use of the internet in two junior-senior level, required electrical engineering courses is discussed. A variety of course projects utilizing the internet are described. This paper gives some observations from the instructor and reactions from students participating in the courses. The students learned to use the Internet resources quickly, and student response has been quite positive.


The use of computer and information technology in the classroom and course assignments increases student enthusiasm and makes communications and data exchanges more efficient. The World Wide Web (WWW or web) and the Internet allow students to communicate with each other and with the instructor on their own time schedule. A student can post a question at midnight that the instructor answers the next morning (or vice versa!). Problem assignments, tutorial presentations, information searches, data file 1 exchanges, and announcements can all be done easily and efficiently out of the classroom . Using this technology in the educational process provides engineering students with some essential computer and communication skills that today’s engineers need. This paper presents some base uses of the web in electrical engineering “Linear Systems” and “Energy Conversion” courses. There are countless uses for 2 the web in education, and MIT has prepared a study of the WWW for educational purposes .


The WWW consists of sites also called pages or home pages linked by an addressing system that utilizes addresses called URL’s (Uniform Resource Locators). The sites or pages are simply files on the owner’s computer that are formatted in a standard form and made accessible to the world. Programs called browsers read these files and display the results on the computer screen. Users move from one page to another by giving the URL of the desired location. In many cases, links are included on WWW sites to allow the movement to be done with a click of the mouse button. The formatting language is called HTML

1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Starrett, S. K. (1996, June), A Beginner's Approach To Teaching With The Internet Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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