(approx.30) are delivered by CAFE MONDIAL partners. Courses provided by Youandi
GmbH and CAFE MONDIAL franchisees and members are presented on web. Students
can automatically register and receive an ID and password to enter the virtual classroom
located on FirstClass Intranet servers linked to WWW.
<34> Mostly, the web is used for presentation of content, i.e. information to the students.
Materials for the course like texts and research reports to be used in the seminars. Most of
the courses have also built in discussion forums. In the actual course the assignments are
on the web pages, and the participants are encouraged to talk to each other by e mail, but
mainly in the discussion forums. Commercial administrative system software, e.g. like
FirstClass, is considered to be unsuitable and is not used. Software for web based
communication is used.
<87> From our experience we have chosen to focus on the interaction process in using
ICT (information and communication technology). This means that we are mainly
distributing static material by ordinary post in order to present a good structured material
concerning layout and form. WWW as one form of using the Internet is used for
communication and producing an interactive process, student preproduced material and
student tutor. The main part of our courses is based on First Class, since the interaction is
easily performed there.
<75> The course is experimental and involves 50 students. The tools available generate
dynamic HTML. The distance learning is based on First Class. This powerful tool for
learning provides an environment characterized by discussion groups, conference rooms,
e mail and other facilities. WWW is used for presentation and communication.
<106> The Web is only one of many online technologies used on the programs. Various
groupware systems are used for synchronous and asynchronous interaction. Some are
Web based and others are not. Because the department does not have large resources to
draw upon, systems such as FirstClass have been ruled out as too expensive. Some of the
courses in the program make little or even no use of the Web; others use it for teaching
and course presentation.
<109> The Web is used for presentation, communication and teaching. Each student is
assigned an Adviser whom they can contact by telephone or e mail. The course content
consists of Web pages plus key texts. A residential weekend at the beginning of the course
is optional. The courses uses First Class computer conferencing through a Web browser,
for student and tutor interaction. The tutor provides personalized online feedback on
students' work. Peer support is also encouraged. One innovatory aspect of this course is
the use of an Answer Garden, as a form of machine tutoring in addition to the personal
tutoring. An Answer Garden encourages student student interaction. Frequently asked
questions remain in the `Garden' as a resource. Staff prune out the less useful interactions
from one presentation of the course to the next.
<125> The Web front end to FirstClass provides administrative facilities, course content
pages as well of course as conferencing. The Web is also used for pre course self
assessment tests, course information and registration. Other media are also used: in fact
most online courses require the student to buy an accompanying text book. New students
are obliged to follow a one week orientation program to become familiar with the course
software. The courses support student student interaction as well as tutor and
administrative interactions, all through First Class conferences and e mail.