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Internet Course Delivery: Design, Development, And Dispensation

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.649.1 - 6.649.5

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Raj Desai

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Eugenio Lord

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Session 1458

Internet Course Delivery: Design, Development, and Dispensation

Raj Desai, Eugenio Lord

Southeast Missouri State University/Chowan College


This article focuses on the instructional design, development, and compares the effectiveness of on-line courses versus regular classroom based learning. We compare the time it takes to develop a web course to a traditional course and the benefits of developing a web course. We also compare enrollment in a web course with a traditional course and try to explain the differences. We also look at student evaluations and try to explain the results. We look at pitfalls with web courses, including the dropout rate. We compare the grades of regular course with a web course and try to explain the surprising results. We also look at the results of comparing web courses to regular courses with regards to students who took a second continuation course.

University support is vital for offering courses online. We will look at training needs for faculty to offer courses online. Online grade information, and bulletin boards are generally used with web courses and faculty need training in incorporating these tools in their web courses. Some universities also offer incentives such as a reduced course load the first time the course is taught, and/or a monetary reward the first time a course is taught. We will examine the incentives that can be offered to faculty in order to increase the offering of web courses.

I. Introduction

With the widespread use and the rapid growth of the Internet, educational and training institutions around the globe are racing towards using the Internet as a new medium of delivery. The world-wide-web is a powerful and exciting medium for communication and as such is a valuable resource for faculty for delivering online instruction. Its ease of use and the capacity as a repository of information and the interactive delivery of content makes it an effective option for furthering knowledge and skill. The advantages of web courses are they can easily be reviewed and changed for currency and accuracy compared to textbooks. As the world-wide-web becomes a state-of-the art delivery medium there is a need among educators and trainers to obtain knowledge about the tools needed for developing and implementing web courses. Easy access to education and training to potential students is a growing need, as well as servicing industry needs through asynchronous learning for employees.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Desai, R., & Lord, E. (2001, June), Internet Course Delivery: Design, Development, And Dispensation Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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