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The Intranet Web: Short On Distance Long On Education

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.418.1 - 2.418.6



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Gregory M. Dick

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Session 2358

The Intranet Web: Short on Distance - Long on Education

Gregory M. Dick University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown


The World Wide Web and Electronic Mail List Servers are Internet communications tools available to educators at most colleges and universities. This paper is a case study of one application of these tools to the education process; it represents the first step in the process of learning how to prepare effective, Web compatible multimedia presentations.


The Internet is a global data communications infrastructure. The use of Internet functionality within an organization is referred to as the Intranet. Intranet communications are often selective (i.e., access to information is only granted to those within the organization). The principal goal of this project is communications among class participants; however, no access filter has been applied. The information referenced is globally available and offered as an example to others who may wish to incorporate these techniques into their own classes.

Electronic mail and the World Wide Web are communications tools enabled by Internet - Intranet technology which are available to support the distribution of course materials. The World Wide Web is a platform independent communications system layered on top of the Internet infrastructure. The Web is enabled by the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and related technologies. Among its notable characteristics is its ability to easily link together several related documents, which may reside at sites that are physically distant. A List Server works in cooperation with an electronic post office. It provides the capability of creating a globally accessible mailing list to which interested parties may subscribe without requiring any action on the part of the list owner. These two tools have been used to enhance the presentation and distribution of the course materials at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.


"Problem Solving in C" is a required course in the Electrical Engineering Technology curriculum at Pitt-Johnstown. It is the current presentation of the generic "Introduction to Computer Programming" course which has been taught for the last twenty-five years. A recent restructuring of this course presented the opportunity to experiment with Intranet communications.

Dick, G. M. (1997, June), The Intranet Web: Short On Distance Long On Education Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6650

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