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Advantages to using the Internet to deliver instruction include the fact that Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) can be accessed on any computer, broadening the student base to anyone with an Internet browser and a PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) account. In addition, instructions, lectures, and examples can be linked together for use as students need them. In an effort to test Internet-based instruction, an entire English course was placed on the Internet at Arizona's Mesa Community College. The course offers students the opportunity for daily contact with the instructor through electronic mail or the telephone, research links at home, communication and discussion with the rest of the class, the ability to submit assignments remotely, and a unique opportunity to explore writing and literature of the world. One benefit of the course has been improved access to instructions and lectures than that provided by the college's existing computer English delivery system. In addition, the Internet has provided faster access, students do not need to fumble through lab manuals, and they can switch models of class delivery without missing anything. Electronic-mail performs a vital role in delivery of the course, allowing for communication between the instructor and students and a means of submitting and returning assignments. On a final evaluation of the course, positive comments were received with regard to increased flexibility, access, and instructor availability. Sample screenshots are included. (HAA)

Descriptors: College English, Community Colleges, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, English Instruction, Instructional Design, Instructional Innovation, Internet, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year Colleges

Author: Bradshaw, Allen


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