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The Internet has served to change, in a fundamental way, one educator's methods of instruction at Southern Arkansas University (SAU). Earlier this year, SAU became the third institution in the country to implement an interactive course syllabus system developed by George Washington University. Called "Prometheus," it allows instructors to develop Web-based materials for student use--through passwords and ID numbers, students log in to peruse course outlines, projects, and grades, while instructors initiate messages, discussions, and chat sessions. As the first SAU faculty member to use Prometheus (Speech 1113/Principles of Speech, First Summer Session 2000), the author/educator found it to be an outstanding instructional aid. This collection of documents contains a list of his current interactive courses, with numbers of students and "hits" in each. The collection also includes fall 2000 syllabi of principles of speech, radio production, broadcast performance, and introduction to mass communication courses. It is noted that Prometheus allows the instructor to make the syllabi longer and more richly textured, and that, for this particular educator, instructional techniques will never again be the same. (Print versions of the author's syllabi and other course materials developed on Prometheus comprise the majority of this paper.) (NKA)

Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Feedback, Higher Education, Mass Media, Speech Communication, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web

Author: Reppert, James E.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9800&id=ED455543

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