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Building a Web-Based Education System

ISBN: 978-0-471-19162-9
464 pages
November 1997
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Everything you need to build your own online classroom or education system.

If you're planning on implementing a distance learning program, you need to get down to the real issues involved with the design and management of Web-based education systems. With this powerful book/CD-ROM package and integrated Web site, you'll get a complete how-to guide to building an online education system. Experts McCormack and Jones explore the principles behind online education and help you to determine what type of system will work best for your situation. They then present a number of different system models, as well as the insight, advice, and tools you need to adapt them to your needs.

Step-by-step, they take you through all phases of a project, from analyzing your resources and designing and implementing your site, to evaluating its effectiveness, as well as managing, modifying, and updating it. Each chapter features highlights and sidebars that alert you to important principles, shortcuts, potential hazards, and customization tips. You'll also find several in-depth case studies that let you see what kind of online educational systems are being used around the world and the impact they are having on education.

The CD-ROM: HTML code for the examples of classroom models discussed in the book and a set of page templates, as well as JavaScript code, two additional chapters accessible in HTML format, and an easy-to-use glossary.

The Web Site: Designed to work as an interactive extension of the book, the Web site supplies you with: up-to-date copies of software from the book; and updated examples and case studies.
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Table of Contents

What's it all About?


Planning and Design.

Content Development.

Distributing Information.

Enabling Communication.

Online Student Assessment.

Class Management.

A Comparison of Web Classroom Builders.

Setting Up and Maintaining a Web-Based Education System.




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Author Information

COLIN McCORMACK is a lecturer of computer science at University College, Cork, Ireland. DAVID JONES is a lecturer of computing at Central Queensland University, Rock-hampton, Australia. Both authors have had extensive experience in designing and implementing online university programs.
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