Web-Based Learning: Moving Beyond the Internet as a Research Tool
Debra Sprague, P. Shane Gallagher, George Mason University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
As schools continue to make efforts to hook all classrooms to the Internet, teachers need to learn ways to integrate the Web into their teaching. WebQuests, virtual fieldtrips, intercultural exchange, and collaborative research projects are available online for teachers to adapt and use. Online simulations are available on several different topics from the stock market to managing a rock band to dissecting a frog. In addition to learning about these resources, teachers need experience with different tools for communicating with others. The use of these tools will allow them to collaborate with other educators and expand their own knowledge of web-based resources. This paper explores an online course that engaged teachers in learning about online simulations, intercultural exchange projects, and collaborative research projects though their direct participation in these activities. Tools used for communication with each other and with the instructor included threaded discussions, groupware, and MOOs.
Sprague, D. & Gallagher, P.S. (2000). Web-Based Learning: Moving Beyond the Internet as a Research Tool. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2184-2189). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).