Going Online: Guidelines for Faculty in Higher Education Article
Marie de Verneil, Zane L. Berge, UMBC, United States
AACE Journal Volume 1, Number 13, ISSN 1065-6901 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The need for life-long learning in a technologically driven, global economy, and the swift development in
the past two decades of two-way, interactive communication systems have contributed to the creation of
new distance learning programs. The World Wide Web (Web), along with mainstream-oriented Web
tools, combined with telecommunication systems, is becoming a very significant delivery method in high-er
education. In an environment where state or district service areas no longer make sense, universities
must compete on both the national and international arenas, establishing a presence in distance learning
to meet the customers' needs (Nixon & Leftwich, 1998). In addition to the Web, if synchronous, video-based
technology is included – the technology most often used to reproduce an in-person classroom envi-ronment
at remote locations – teaching at a distance already exists within most colleges and universities.
Still, many of today's new programs are turning to the Web to deliver instruction and provide content
because it is easily accessible (Ethernet card or modem), very flexible (almost instant editing), and natu-rally
can provide a very rich hypermedia learning environment.
de Verneil, M. & Berge, Z.L. (2000). Going Online: Guidelines for Faculty in Higher Education. AACE Journal, 1(13), 13-32. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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