Teaching and Learning on the Internet
Web-Based Courses and Resources
BEA Miniconvention on Interactive Technology
American Psychological Association
Boston, Ma. 1999
Thomas Treadwell, Ed.D.
West Chester University
|If There is a Better Solution....Find It -- Thomas Edison
Much has been written about web-course development, the value for reaching students and
enriching the course curricula, with emphasis on distance education. To date many
professors have the perception they can't afford the equipment for such intensive stu
dent-faculty interaction. Indeed, equipment is expensive, however, we need to 'reach out'
and utilize the technology resources that are freely available. A frequently asked
question is 'well whom do I talk with?','how do I find this information'? Excellent
questions! I believe today's sessions offer some answers. For example, it is critical that
faculty and administration be on the same page with technology. How does this happen? I
alert you to a session this afternoon that addresses this topic, 'Teaching, Learning, and
Technology', chaired by Leon VandeCreek, with keynote speaker Stephen Gilbert.
This morning I am going to present an overview of three components of web-based
'packaged web-course software', 'webboards', and 'collaborative teaching over teaching and
research over the Internet'. Since we do not have the time to focus on any one specific
aspect, there are ten on-line classroom programs, immediately following this talk that
give you a 'hands on feel' and a more detailed description of topic you are interested in.
I will be dialoguing with Paula Edmiston, to bring clarity to the components being