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A hyperbook is a form of distance education that promotes computer-mediated learning and collaborative/constructive learning in the development of multigenerational learning communities. A hyperbook is composed of hypertext that resides on the Internet. Hypertext is text with embedded links that allow the reader to move around in the text or to other locations on the Internet. Hypertext is multilevel and nonlinear; it supports intuitive association and parallels the way a person learns by exploration and association in a dynamic, interactive, and nonsequential process. Hyperbooks can be accessed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, thus allowing higher education to expand from serving students at a traditional campus to serving nontraditional students anywhere. This paper discusses a hyperbook designed to help teachers at the college level develop courses that are provided on or supported by the Internet. Among its goals are: using the computer to provide a many-to-many form of instruction rather than one-to-many instruction; creating a virtual infrastructure where participants in multiple cohorts can learn; and creating a multigenerational superdocument that will grow over time. The paper discusses the modular approach to instructional design, multigenerational posting by successive participants, the general philosophy of the hyperbook, peer collaboration, scaffolding student development, student evaluation by self and peers, navigating the hyperbook, and tips on hyperbook development. Numerous web sites are cited for examples and resources. (TD)

Descriptors: Active Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Design, Distance Education, Group Instruction, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Instructional Innovation, Internet, Nontraditional Students, Teacher Education

Author: Bull, Kay S.; Boykin, Cynthia; Griffin, John; Overton, Robert; Kimball, Sarah L.


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