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We are pleased to present the following Brief on the use of IT in education, featuring short articles from six teachers who have recently presented at one of our seminars on IT-related issues

October 1998, Vol. 1 No. 2 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Seminar 5
Dr Ismail S.Talib
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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.

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