The internet is important to America and world society
as it adds another resource to enhance entertainment,
education and business. How do we know this? The amount of
information available on the Internet is growing at a rapid
rate of 10 percent in just one month. The internet is slowly
but surely becoming the number one household commidy beating
out the Television. How is this possible? Well look how much
the Internet has to offer.
Imagine being able to take college courses from highly
regarded Colleges from your own home. With the World-Wide-
Web this can all be possible. The World-Wide-Web has great
potential as human resource development tools. Many
institutions and government departments are experimenting
with a variety of methods and models for administering
this powerful new medium. For some Newfoundlanders and
Labradorians, the Internet plays an important role in their
Paul Smith teaches courses in computer studies at
Menihek Integrated High School in Labrador City and is
enroled in a doctoral program in Computers in Education at
Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The program requires that Smith complete courses and a
thesis. He works on the course requirements at his home in
Labrador City via the Internet.
During the winter 1996 term he worked on two courses,
Research Methodology and Learning Theory. Classes are held
in an 'electronic classroom'. At the scheduled time, Smith
and his classmates sit in front of their computers and log
on to the Internet. They connect to Nova Southeastern and
participate in the class. The professor has control over the
top two-thirds of the screen while the students are given an
opportunity, at various times in the class session, to type
questions and comments in the bottom one-third of the
screen. 'It's an interesting way to go to...