We can leverage the use of IT for educational purposes through
three main avenues: web-based content, courseware and IT
usage. Web-based content typically includes information such
as course outlines and schedules, tutorial questions, lecture
etc, which students can browse online or download and print.
Given the general transition of society to a digital culture,
to this kind of content is increasingly regarded as the norm.
the provision of web-based content is strongly encouraged.
Courseware is another type of content. It encompasses all
forms of interactive software which students use to achieve
specific learning objectives, with or without elements of
built in. Much of this software is delivered in the form of
multimedia programs which help make the learning experience
more enjoyable and effective. Courseware can be delivered
the Web as an online interactive learning experience. It can
downloaded from the Internet and run on a student’s
or it can come in the form of CD-ROM learning packages.
The development of subject-specific courseware is something
that is encouraged, but the time and effort entailed is significant.
We often overlook IT usage as an additional avenue for
leveraging IT in education. Promoting the use of IT could
as simple as requiring students to submit assignments prepared
with a word processor. Alternatively, it might involve less
customary tasks such as using mathematics software (e.g.,
MathLab, Mathematica) for tutorial assignments, working on
programming assignments using software compilers installed
on notebook PCs, or discussing issues using electronic conferencing.
Embracing the latter options will require a change of
mind-set and of teaching practice. However, our willingness
make this change would contribute significantly to the widespread
use of IT in everyday education practice.