Opening up horizons: Providing on-line course material in cyberspace

Wilson, Tina and Whitelock, Denise (1997). Opening up horizons: Providing on-line course material in cyberspace. Displays, 17(3-4) pp. 153–165.



Distance learning course providers world-wide are looking to new technology to enhance the presentation of their courses. Projects investigating how tutors teach and students learn when courses adopt new technology methods are of paramount importance. M205-STILE (Students' and Teachers' Integrated Learning Environment) is one such project which piloted the use of conferencing and World Wide Web (WWW) with nine tutors and 110 distance learning computer science students in the United Kingdom and Europe. The main aim of the project was to improve the presentation of the course by providing structured access to on-line facilities. This paper describes the students and tutors preferred form of presentation of course material, either conferencing or WWW. It also reports which software was easier to install and how the materials were actually used and makes recommendations about how future on-line courses can benefit from the findings of this study.

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