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Title:Advancements in TEL8 Teaching and Communication via Web-Based Technology
Authors:Jay Puckett and Eugene Wilson
Publication Date:Oct 1997
Report #:MPC-97-85
TRID #:00744554
Keywords:bridge engineering, communications, distance learning, education, websites (information retrieval)
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications

 

Abstract

The principal investigators addressed many aspects of distance learning in a recently taught TEL8 course on bridge engineering. Their efforts are outlined in this report with respect to this course. The fruit of their effort is a better and more technologically advanced method of coupling TEL8 courses with the use of world-web technology. Instructor evaluations indicate that the online forum was particularly effective and should be used in the future. The development of on-line courses in the manner described requires a significant effort — much more than a traditional course. Appropriate compensation, teaching schedules, and recognition should be considered in the long term for the TEL8 system to remain a viable education media for college classes. Otherwise, it will be difficult to find instructors willing to dedicate the time necessary to make online courses the best that they can be.

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