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Practical Experiences of, and Lessons Learnt from, Internet Technologies in Higher Education

Practical Experiences of, and Lessons Learnt from, Internet Technologies in Higher Education

The paper addresses how the Internet as computer-mediated communication is affecting teaching and learning in higher education institutions, particularly as these institutions face increasing competition due to the emergence of Web-based collaboration and assessment technologies. London?s South Bank University (SBU), a typical modern-day higher education institution is thereby in the process of integrating Internet technologies into its conventional and distance learning programmes. From its practical experiences so far SBU has learnt a variety of valuable lessons. In particular the technical and social aspects that determine the choice and use of the most appropriate software tools were identified, as well as a new approach towards online (Internet / Web) subject reference sources was outlined. From SBU's anecdotal experiences, useful recommendations are made for the effective use of Internet technologies that applies to many higher educational institutions.

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