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A Proposed Model For A Web Based Course On "Introduction To Computers"

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.35.1 - 4.35.18

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Yousry S. El-Gamal

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Sherif M. Tawfik

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Abd-Elhamid Elmaghrabi

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Session 2520

A Proposed Model for A Web-Based Course On “Introduction to Computers”

Yousry S. El-Gamal, Abd-Elhamid Elmaghrabi, Sherif M. Tawfik Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport


During the past 5 years, the manner in which information is shared over the Internet has been dramatically improved by the introduction of World Wide Web (WWW). The World Wide Web provides standards for representation of multimedia information and protocols, which allow access and navigation to multimedia documents in the Internet. Recently, the World Wide Web has become a major contender in distance education. Many faculties have found the World Wide Web to be useful to enhance presentations, and to create a learning environment for students outside of class. This paper presents a model Web-Based course On “Introduction To Computers” offered to freshmen of the college of Engineering at the Arab Academy for Science & Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST). The model covers both the course material and student evaluation through exercises and quizzes.

Different tools such as Perl, JavaScript, Cookies, and HTML are utilized to implement the model in order to make use of the best features of each one for the optimal implementation of the model. Perl is utilized to implement automatic feedback, and record keeping of student's progress. JavaScript and Cookies help in controlling the quizzes access and timing, and automatic quiz submission. HTML offers the displaying of all the Web pages and the hyperlinks between them. Special emphasis has been given to exercises and quiz functions to achieve flexibility and automatic feedback without loss of control. The proposed course offers numerous advantages including convenience in use, better accessibility, enhanced communication with instructor and peers, automatic testing, quick feedback, and enriched presentation through hyperlinks with related material.

1. Introduction

The subject of distance education through the World Wide Web (WWW) is gaining increased consideration. Researchers and education organizations have observed that the WWW is a potentially valuable tool for education. By its nature, the WWW facilitates the distribution of knowledge and instructional resources. A recent survey reported that for 50% of Internet users in the US and Europe, the primary use of the Web was for education1. It’s a popular and useful instructional medium for number of reasons1, 2, 3: The ability of WWW to integrate graphics, text, and sound inside one multimedia document called Web page, the ability of WWW to handle interactive Web pages, the ease of use of WWW through navigation software, which integrates access to all types of Internet resources and its ability to access the latest version of documents. As a result of the ability of WWW to handle interactive Web pages (forms), it can be used to produce certain types of learning materials as quizzes and exercises. This encouraged a number of universities world-wide to establish a number of their offered courses on the Web. Some of them even allowed free access to their

El-Gamal, Y. S., & Tawfik, S. M., & Elmaghrabi, A. (1999, June), A Proposed Model For A Web Based Course On "Introduction To Computers" Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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