12.0381 teaching on WWW

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 22:41:31 +0000 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 381.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 22:38:10 +0000
From: Peter Liddell <pgl@uvic.ca>
Subject: Re: 12.0376 teaching on WWW?

The following was posted on the waoe list a couple of days ago:

>TeleCampus Online Course Database
>Fredericton, NB -- TeleEducation NB, a province-wide distributed distance
>learning network in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, has implemented
>an international online course database of more than 9 000 courses. The
>database now contains the most comprehensive listing of fully online
>available anywhere. It includes public and private courses at all levels
>from more than 15 countries and includes only those courses that can be
>completed fully online. For example, it includes simple email courses that
>send out texts or workbooks, but it does not include interactive video
>courses that require attendance at a specific site.
>Courses vary from graduate level engineering offerings such as ^ÓIntroduction
>to Orbital Mechanics^Ô to simple ^ÓHow to . . .^Ô courses like ^ÓHow to Open a
>Coconut^Ô. The database provides access to courses and programs leading to
>accredited degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Professional development
>personal interest courses are also included.
>The database reveals that approximately 75% of courses fully available
>online originate in the US. A further 18% originate in Canada, with 3% from
>Australia. The rest of the world accounts for the remainder. As many would
>guess, most courses are in the Computers and Technology field. Business,
>Education and English are other fields with a large number of online course
>offerings. Undergraduate university courses are most common, particularly
>first year courses. Community college and graduate courses are next in
>The database conforms to Educause^Òs IMS (Instructional Management System)
>standards and is one of the first to do so. It also uses the ERIC Thesaurus
>for institutional names and keywords. Students can access course information
>by browsing subject areas or by searching specific fields. Hotlinks connect
>students directly to the delivering institutions.
>In the past year, there has been an exponential rise in the number of
>courses being offered online, from less than 2 000 in January 1998 to more
>than 10 000 in December, 1998. It is expected that there will be more than
>40 000 online courses by the year 2000. The TeleCampus Online Course
>Database provides students with a means of finding information on courses
>that meet their needs. Institutions will be able to reach these students
>more easily through the TeleCampus.
>The TeleCampus Online Course Database was constructed by ShareLine systems
>using ShareKnowledge software. The database is sponsored by the World Bank,
>Industry Canada, the Commonwealth of Learning, the Office of Learning
>Technologies (Canada), Le centre international pour le développement de l^Ò
>inforoute en français, Le Consortium international francophone de formation
>à distance, the TeleLearning Research Network and other organizations. The
>database can be accessed from TeleCampus at http://telecampus.edu
>MEDIA CONTACT: Rory McGreal, TeleEducation New Brunswick, Department of
>Education, 500 Beaverbrook Court, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, tel: (506)
>444-4230, fax: (506) 444-4232, e-mail: rory@teleeducation.nb.ca.
>Sandy LeBreton Préposée au marketing
>Case postale 6000
>500, cour Beaverbrook
>Fredericton (Nouveau-Brunswick) E3B 5H1
>TéléCampus, l'apprentissage en ligne c'est notre expertise:
>Courriel - sandy@teleeducation.nb.ca
>Télécopieur - 506 444 4232

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