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As the proliferation of IT resouces in the recent years have made significant impact on teaching and learning methodologies, we now present to you a two-part discussion on IT in Education Today. In theis first part - IT in Education Today I, we discuss various issues in educational applications of IT and the actual usage of IT in one of the University's courses. In the next part - IT in Educational Today II (Vol. 4 No. 4), we will feature discussion on the usage of IT in teaching and assessment.

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August 2001, Vol. 4 No. 3 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
e-Education: a 2001 Cyber-Space Odyssey?
J.A. Gilles Doiron
Principal Educational Technologist, CDTL
In a recent issue of The Rapidly Changing Face of Computing (Harrow, 2000), we are reminded of how far we have come on the technology evolutionary scale. In 1977, the popular Digital VAX11/780 minicomputer was five feet tall, cost around $150,000 (USD), weighed hundreds of pounds, contained less than one megabyte of memory, consumed six kilowatts of power, and often needed special air conditioning and a raised floor. Continue reading

Any Time, Any Place Learning:
Redefining the Classroom for EG1104
C.M. Wang and K.K. Ang
Department of Civil Engineering
As the Faculty of Engineering moves towards the new learning paradigm, courses may have to be taught differently from past practices in order to emphasise student-centred learning rather than teacher-centred teaching. Here we share some modifications to the way we teach the course module EG1104 Statics. Continue reading

IT and English Literature
Terence Dawson
Department of English Language & Literature
There is far too much chatter these days about the use of IT in teaching. I am quite prepared to concede that in some disciplines IT may have revolutionised teaching. But in relation to English Literature, although it provides an excellent learning aid, it is only of marginal use for teaching purposes. Continue reading