Purposes and Objectives of the Use of Web Sites in Classes

(1) Should this item be treated as a major factor? Is this objective relevant?
(2) Will class-specific Web sites or the Internet become important in the near future (1-2 years) for accomplishing this objective?

1. Provide the larger context: Any 10-week course which claims any degree of depth represents necessarily only a slice of a larger context and discipline. A system of Web sites facilitates such a broader perspective.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


2. Add diversity to the presentation of class content (in addition to the use of lectures, in-class discussions and hard-copy readings).

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


3. Facilitate and improve outside-class communication between instructor and students thereby, for example, reducing the need for intervening, intermediating teaching assistants.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


4. Reduce necessity for lengthy Q & A periods dealing with logistic matters thereby saving valuable class time and limiting dependence on instructor to core instructional functions.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


5. Provide a seminar or small group atmosphere for discussion even in larger classes and encourage participation of students who might otherwise not participate.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


6. Accommodate special needs of a student population with highly diverse backgrounds and skill levels (i.e. create multi-level learning environments).

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


7. Integrate the teaching of a broader range of library- and internet related resource skills into the presentation of subject areas.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


8. Provide opportunity to students to experiment with hypertextual presentation of projects.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


9. Encourage students to accept partial responsibility for their own education and ownership of their learning processes through active, electronically enhanced learning experiences and creation of a learning infrastructure in their own system of Web sites.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


10. Provide more continuity beyond the constraints of an individual quarter class by permitting early preparation (before start of the quarter) and continued Web-based "participation" in the class and class-related happenings after the quarter and the "official" part of the class is over.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


11. Promote collaboration and acquisition of teamwork skills.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


12. Instill in students the idea that they -- through their work on class projects -- are making contributions not just to themselves, their grades or my office paper collection but to their peers and, possibly, larger segments of society.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


13. Enable students to organize their daily (home-job-campus) logistics more efficiently in time & space.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


14. Enable students to expand and practice their computer communication skills

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


15. Facilitate boundary-spanning communication and activities between disciplines and, as importantly, between class and community. In Economic Geography, such activities include student research, internships and Service Learning / Community Outreach arrangements.

Is Item Relevant? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___
Is Internet Important? Very ___ Quite ___ Somewhat ___ Not ___


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