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Using The Internet As A Teaching Aid

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

Publication Date

June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.516.1 - 1.516.12



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Gary E. Wnek

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C. T. Moynihan

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Mark A. Palmer

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John B. Hudson

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Session 2520

Using the Internet as a Teaching Aid

M. A. Palmer, J. B. Hudson, C. T. Moynihan, G. E. Wnek Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY


The World Wide Web (WWW) is available on our campuses, and can be used as an instructional device. We used the internet to supplement the Introductory Chemistry of Materials course at Rensselaer. Through a series of linked pages, as well as a newsgroup, students and faculty are able to access course material. The development of this material, the logistics of administering the homepages, and student and faculty interactions are discussed.

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During the last seven years, Rensselaer has initiated many changes in its engineering curricula. Among these are, emphasizing interdisciplinary courses, bringing computers into the classroom, and bringing practical relevance to the course work. These initiatives have been especially prevalent in freshman year courses. As part of a continuing improvement of our curriculum we used the Internet as a teaching aid, in a six hundred student, interdisciplinary, freshman course. In this paper we examine the advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet, as a teaching aid, from the perspective of students and faculty.

Background of Chemistry of Materials Course

At Rensselaer, all engineering students take a common set of core engineering courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Roughly five years ago, a two-semester course sequence was created, namely Chemistry of Materials, that joined elements of previous courses

1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Wnek, G. E., & Moynihan, C. T., & Palmer, M. A., & Hudson, J. B. (1996, June), Using The Internet As A Teaching Aid Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6384

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