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The Electronic Classroom Via The World Wide Web

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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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1.455.1 - 1.455.4

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Michael J. Bartz

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The Electronic Classroom Via the World Wide Web

Michael Bartz The University of Memphis


The use of computer-based instruction in engineering curricula is changing due to the rapid ex- pansion 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 commu- nication 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 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.

The Ubiquitous Web The world wide web (WWW), or simply, the Web, is fast becoming the communication medium of choice among Internet users. The seamless integration of graphics, audio, and textual display and file utilities makes the Web a natural choice for dissemination and transfer of multi-media information. Loosely defined, the Web is client/server model running high-level applications and communications protocol built upon a broad-band communication backbone (usually the Internet). The exchange of information (files, images, sound, etc. ) is governed by communication protocols, such as the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP), and the presentation is specified by interpretive languages like the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). The growth of the Web has been and continues to be dramatic. The loose coupling between client and servers makes for rapid, and sometimes, uncontrolled growth. The wide availability of public domain and other inexpensive servers and clients has led to wide acceptance and use in the academic community. The modes of use in the academic community is also starting to flourish, including those uses as teaching and learning tools.

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Bartz, M. J. (1996, June), The Electronic Classroom Via The World Wide Web Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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