Development and Assessment of Web Courses That Use Streaming Audio and Video Technologies.Report as inadecuate

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Iowa State University, through a program called Project BIO (Biology Instructional Outreach), has been using RealAudio technology for about 2 years in college biology courses that are offered entirely via the World Wide Web. RealAudio is a type of streaming media technology that can be used to deliver audio content and a variety of other media types via the Internet. Project BIO is a multifaceted outreach project with the vision of developing and sharing biology education resources via the Internet. A major objective of Project BIO is to develop and teach online biology courses via the World Wide Web. Most of the courses have been adapted from existing Iowa State University courses that are also offered in a traditional face-to-face format. The Project BIO courses account for about 20% of the online biology courses offered in the United States. This paper discusses the instructional design; production of online lectures; enrollment and audiences for Project BIO online courses; and assessment of the courses. Project BIO online courses for the fall 1998 semester are listed, and a table showing the growth of the program from 1996-1998 is included. (AEF)

Descriptors: Biology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Distance Education, High Schools, Higher Education, Information Technology, Instructional Design, Nontraditional Education, Online Courses, Online Systems, Science Instruction, World Wide Web

Author: Ingebritsen, Thomas S.; Flickinger, Kathleen


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