This website is the product of a yearlong seminar at the University of Illinois. The seminar focused on the use of technology for teaching, specifically the use of the internet for instruction. The information encompasses concerns about quality of online classes to types of teaching/learning activities.
Type of Material:
The document is available as both a conventional web page and as an Acrobat document.
This information would be valuable for students studying distance education pedagogy. It would also be valuable for those considering online teaching and administration.
Adobe Acrobat reader must be installed in order to view the PDF version of the document.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The authors did not specifically state learning goals but one possible goal could be to understand important teaching and administrative considerations associated with online instruction.
Target Student Population:
The authors seek to provide valuable information for teachers and administrators who are considering the use of the internet as part of instruction. Graduate students in instructional technology would benefit from interacting with this information.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic web navigation
Evaluation and Observation
This site contains extensive materials that address various issues concerning online education. The reference are concise and represent current thinking fairly well. The site provides both positive and negative aspects of online instruction. The discussion about teaching could be used in any class where teaching effectiveness is explored and discussed. Even though the report was written in 1999, it still provides relevant considerations for faculty who are considering the use of the internet as part of their instruction.
The document was published in 1999. It would be valauble to know how the authors would assess their recommendations now.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This resource would be a valuable external reading for any course that includes the discussion of online pedagogy. Assigning specific readings from this site would be a good way to start a discussion about online learning.
An instructor may need to spend significant time designing assignments to cover specific portions of this document. Reading the entire piece for one assignment may be overwhelming.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Two formats are provided for the user?s convenience. The Acrobat document is best for printing and the HTML pages are best for online viewing. There are no unusual paths or ways to access information.