St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
June 21, 2000
5.251.1 - 5.251.6
Session # 1647
Electronic Course Development and Delivery using CourseInfo Course Management Tool
Lakshmi V. Munukutla and Albert L. McHenry Arizona State University East Mesa, Arizona
Communications technology is revolutionizing Higher Education as it adapts to the new telecommunications technology to provide formal education through distance learning using the Internet. Due to this paradigm shift, several universities in the United States (Georgia Tech., Stanford, Penn State, etc.) are delivering entire degree programs primarily at the graduate level, through the World Wide Web. Primary beneficiaries of this new technological approach are the students who can work through the course at his or her own pace and in their own space provided they have access to the WEB.
The major challenge that needs to be addressed by higher education institutions is how to motivate faculty members to embrace this approach. Faculty buy-in is essential to engage in distance learning through Internet at any institution. The least resistance path to stimulate faculty may be to provide less cumbersome technology to prepare and deliver the course material. This paper discusses the CourseInfo management tool used at Arizona State University to create and maintain online courses and course supplements.
Internet or World Wide Web based distance-education programs are growing around the world in size and scope, with remarkable speed. Traditional universities are in competition for students with several non-traditional institutions such as virtual universities, Britan’s Open University, and Western Governor’s University to name a few. For instance, Britan’s Open University (http://www.open.ac.uk/) founded in 1969 serves over 200,000 students around the world currently by offering video and Internet- based courses (1). However, Some leaders in education believe that not the number of students served matters but the content and quality of education that is provided through various delivery mechanisms must take central stage. At a recent conference, held at Northern Arizona State University, The Role of Universities in the Future Information Society, Utah State Governor, Leavitt comments that Higher education ought to be focused on content, not hardware (2).
Distance education via Internet is creating new learning opportunities with flexibility to students anywhere in the world and at the same time it poses a threat to traditional classroom practices and faculty roles. Consequently, the Internet based
McHenry, A. L., & Munukutla, L. (2000, June), Electronic Course Development And Delivery Using Course Info Course Management Tool Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. https://peer.asee.org/8331
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