One of the teaching resources that arose
naturally with the emergence of the World Wide
Web was the creation of course Web sites. There
are several advantages in setting up such a site,
and a few of these will be mentioned here.
A major reason for setting up a course Web site
is to place one’s lecture notes in a readily accessible
form. If these notes are put on the Internet,
they will be accessible anywhere. Hypertext
links can be made between one part of one’s
course notes to other relevant parts. Quite apart
from the course table of contents or schedule, one
can establish relevant linkages between one set
of lecture notes and another set, so that students
will have a more integrated picture of the course.
Even more beneficial is the ability to link to
relevant sites or pages outside the site itself.
These external hyperlinks can be compared to
a book or document appearing within the course
lecture notes wherever one needs more information.
Practically speaking, they can be compared
to access to a shelf of books or a whole library
that students can consult without walking or even
standing up. Thus global resources can be placed
at the students’ fingertips.
When compared to a book or printed material,
the lecturer will find that lecture notes on
the Web can be readily revised, and the revisions
are available on an immediate basis.
Referring to a book will mean that one has to
wait for its next edition before one can read its
updated version. Such a situation is certainly
not ideal for courses in rapidly developing
fields. Setting up a Web site will also help
students familiarise themselves with the Web
and information technology in general—
important prerequisites of education today.