The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001: §38b
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|Recommended Citation: Kelm, K M. Learning from Students: A Study Into The Use of Class Web Sites in a Liberal Arts College Environment. In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001, v 18 (Cincinnati): §38b.
Learning from Students: A Study Into The Use of Class Web Sites in a Liberal Arts College Environment
In today's liberal arts college environment, one can observe a proliferation of web sites associated with faculty members of the various academic departments and their current course offerings. These Class Web Sites, as they are known, are not necessarily tied to what is referred to as a distance education or a computer-mediated class. As a vehicle for delivery of course content, several questions can be raised: Are Class Web Sites useful to the students? How often do the students access their Class Web Site? Do the Class Web Sites serve merely as an alternative information delivery mechanism or can they be used to enhance and enrich student oriented learning processes? It is to the later question that I conducted an inquiry research project. During the spring, 2000 semester, I created and managed four different Class Web Sites. This paper provides a description of the four Class Web Sites, their purpose and slight variations in uses, some empirical data on the development and maintenance aspects from a faculty perspective and the findings of the student responses. Several conclusions are presented concerning the effectiveness of Class Web Sites for extending student learning beyond the classroom.
Keywords: class web sites, student learning, classroom technology, course management systems
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