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Web-based Learning and Teaching Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges

reviewed by Andrew Topper - 2002

coverTitle: Web-based Learning and Teaching Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges
Author(s): Anil Aggarwal (ed.)
Publisher: Idea Group Publishing, Hershey
ISBN: 1878289608, Pages: 372 pages , Year: 2000
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Some people are claiming that the Internet will fundamentally change education at all levels. The concept of anytime, anywhere learning – or e-learning – is catching on at institutions of higher learning across the world. The virtual university, a term coined to reflect the movement towards college teaching and learning that occurs on the World Wide Web, is pushing everyone engaged in higher education to consider the impact this new medium might have on all forms of education. Every day, more colleges and universities are placing their undergraduate and graduate courses online in hopes of taking advantage of the opportunities available through the new medium. Some colleges are even offering complete advanced degrees through courses taken totally online. As a faculty member in a school of education, I am engaged in the difficult work of figuring out how the Internet can support my teaching and my students’ learning. Like other faculty members, I feel pressure at my university to adopt and use the web as a medium... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 151-154
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10679, Date Accessed: 7/23/2021 11:14:29 AM

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  • Andrew Topper
    Grand Valley State University School of Education
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    Andrew Topper is an assistant professor of educational technology in the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) School of Education, teaching graduate courses in the Advanced Studies in Education program. He has written and published two books (McGraw-Hill) and numerous articles on a variety of educational topics including web-based teacher learning environments and the role of technology in teacher education programs. He is currently engaged in developing web-based courses for graduate students using Course Info, a web-based learning environment from BlackBoard, Inc. He is also actively involved in a variety of research projects, including examining how experienced teachers might learn about innovative literacy instruction through use of a hypermedia teacher learning environment, how teacher learning occurs in online communities, and how web-based learning is similar to, and different from, traditional learning in college courses that occur primarily in face-to-face settings.
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