Issues in Using the Internet
Seek not, my
soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are
within thy reach. Pindar 518-438 B.C.
I hope I will be one
of your primary resources for this course. A personal biography is available
at: Instructor Biographical Statement (http://edtech.wku.edu/~internet/bio.htm).
As you have questions about the course, please be sure to email me by following
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on Teaching with Technology
- Course Text book: Porter,
Lynnette A. (1997). Creating the virtual classroom: Distance learning with
the Internet. NY: Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0-471-17830-6. A good general resource
and introduction for the Internet instructor.
- Optional Textbook: Connick,
P. (Ed.). (1999). The distance learner's guide. Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-139-39513-X. This is a book for the student who
plans on doing considerable on-line coursework. It has a companion
web site (http://www.prenhall.com/dlguide). It may be a book you want
to recommend to your own distance learning students.
- Palloff, R. & Pratt,
K. (1999). Building learning communities in cyberspace. San Francisco:
Jossey-Bass, Inc. ISBN: 0-7879-4460-2. If you have a good overview of distance
learning and are ready for more advanced understanding of human interactions
on-line, this is the book for you. I almost selected it as the course textbook,
but it does rely on a lot of professional jargon which might be annoying to
- Berg, Z. & Collins, M.,
Eds. (1995). Computer mediated communication and the online classroom.
Vol. I, II, III. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. ISBN: 1-881-30308-XThis
is a collection of articles on using the Internet in instruction. It was conceived,
generated and edited entirely on-line. It is available in WKU's library.
- Brooks, David. (1997).
Web-Teaching: A guide to designing interactive teaching for the World Wide
Web. NY: Plenum Press. ISBN 0-306-45552-8. Based on the experiences of
a chemistry teacher with a variety of technologies. Focuses on specifics.
May be too specific to remain current long.
- Cyrs, Thomas, Ed. (1997).
Teaching and learning at a distance: What it takes to effectively design,
deliver and evaluate programs. New directions for teaching and learning,
71. Available through Jossey-Bass. This is a collection of articles on
all types of distance learning. WKU's Center for Teaching & Learning has
- Cyrs, Thomas. (1997).
Teaching at a Distance with the Merging Technologies: An instructional
systems approach. ISBN 0-9628477-3-9. Primarily focused on Interactive
TV. Has one chapter on Internet-based courses. The author is one of the authorities
in the field of distributed learning. WKU's Center for Teaching & Learning
has a copy.
- Forsyth, I. (1996). Teaching
and learning materials and the Internet. London: Kogan Page Limited. ISBN:
0-7494-2059-6. Addresses instructional development philosophy and data management
issues. Style is somewhat obtuse.
- French, D., Hale, C.,
Johnson, C., & Farr, G. (Eds.). (1999.) Internet Based Learning: An
introduction and framework for higher education and business. Sterling,
VA: Stylus Publishing. ISBN 1-57922-009-6. Collection of chapters by different
authors. So it tends to vary in level and emphasis.
- Keating, A. & Hargitai,
J. (1999). The wired
professor: A guide to incorporating the World Wide Web in college instruction.
NY: New York University Press. ISBN: 0-8147-4725-6. This book has a fascinating
and extensive history of education and of technology, putting this entire
revolution in context. The book's primary focus is on faculty who want to
use the Internet as a supplement to a face-to-face course. It may be helpful
to a novice. Focuses on the technology skills. Fails to even mention intellectual
property or copyright issues. It will teach you how, but it won't keep you
out of trouble.Web site is http://www.nyupress.nyu.edu/professor.html/
- Khan, B., Ed., (1997).
Web-based instruction. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology
Pub. Recommended by a 501 student.
- Maier, P. & Warren,
A. (2000). Integrating
technology in learning and teaching: A practical guide for educators.
London: Kogan Page. ISBN: 0-7494-3180-6. Has a United Kingdom flavor and is
more about using technology in a face-to-face classroom. Has accompanying
website that requires user name and password.
- Owen, Trevor, Owsten,
Ron & Dickie, Cheryl. (1998). The Learning Highway: Smart Students and
the Net. Toronto, Canada: Key Porter Books. ISBN: 1-5501-3878-2. Haven't
read this one yet.
- Wilhelm, J. & Friedemann,
P. (1998). Hyperlearning: Where projects, inquiry, and technology meet.
York, Maine: Stenhouse Publishers. ISBN: 1-57110-054-7. Focused more on work
- Williams, Bard. (1996).
The World Wide Web for Teachers. Foster City, CA: IDG Books. ISBN:
1-56884-604-5. The "For Dummies" series adapted "For Teachers" Oriented to
K-12 teachers (although the principles still apply). Appropriate for those
wanting to stick a toe in the waters. But that is all the further it goes.
If you don't have the basics--this is the book for you. But expect to be left
Books with a Broader Perspective
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- Bacard, Andre' (1995).
The Computer Privacy Handbook. ISBN: 1-56609-171-3. The title tells
- Hafner, K. & Lyon,
M. (1996). Where wizards stay up late: The origins of the internet.
NY: Touchstone. ISBN: 0-684-83267-4. Enjoyable history of the Internet and
loaded with fun facts. Provides perspective and context to this revolution.
- Pascarelli, E. & Quilter,
D. (1994). Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User's Guide. NY: John
Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0-471-59533-0. Don't take your health for granted. An
experienced and practical voice.
- Postman, Neil (1992).
Technopoloy: The surrender of culture to technology. NY: Random House.
ISBN: 0-679-74540-8. Haven't read this yet but recommended to me.
- Rose, Lance (1995). Netlaw:
Your rights in the online world. Berkeley, CA: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0-07-882077-4.
Any book on the legalities of the Internet is a gamble but he does a nice
- Stoll, Clifford, (1995).
Silicon Snake Oil: Second thoughts on the information superhighway.
NY: Doubleday. ISBN: 0-385-41993-7. He reminds us to value face-to-face interaction,
that the human connection is most important.
- Turkle, S. (1995). Life
on the screen. NY: Touchstone. ISBN: 0-684-83348-4. Written by a professor
of sociology who is also a clinical psychologist. Explores the social elements
of the internet.
Links or Resources
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- Once you are registered,
at the bottom of your My Blackboard page you will find an Orientation to the
Overview of the Internet (http://ag.arizona.edu/futures/tou/tut1.html)
on Web Publishing (http://www.wku.edu/Dept/Support/Tech/MSC/publish/publish.htm)
- Carr, H. (1998). html:
A hands on guide. Cincinnati, OH: Computer Literacy Press. (http://www.complitpress.com)
I was impressed with this workbook for those needing to learn basic html.
There are other good books available also. 1/800-225-5413.
- Whitehead, P. & Maran,
R.(1997). Teach yourself the Internet & World Wide Web visually (IDG's
3-D Visual Series). Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. ISBN: 0764560204.
A good overview.
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for the Internet Student
(Posted at the request
of the Southern Regional Electronic Campus)
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When beginning to study
an area, I find it enjoyable to read popular media on the topic. It is a relatively
painless way to acquire the vocabulary and an understanding of implications.
- Magazines are often the
most practical, timely way to get information about the Internet. It changes
so rapidly that all but general books are out of date before they are printed.
Some of the magazines you might want to sample include Wired (one of the oldest),
PCFamily, Internet Underground, PC Novice, etc. Brouse the racks and the Web
- Crime and the Internet
is illuminating for a variety of reasons.
- Stoll, Clifford.
(1989). The Cuckoo's Egg. NY: Pocket Books. ISBN: 0-671-72688-9.
Highly recommended as it provides a historical introduction to the Internet
as well as exploring potential applications and misapplications. A true
life experience of a graduate student who tracked down a cyberspy. Profiled
in a "Nova" tv series episode.
- Sterling, Bruce.
(1992). The Hacker Crackdown: Law and disorder on the electronic frontier.
NY: Bantam Books. ISBN: 0-553-56370-X This is particularly interesting
if you want to understand the sociology of the Internet. Sterling explains
the values of the various cultures in conflict over Internet activities,
including hackers, the phone company, the civil libertarians, and law
enforcement. Explains the role of the Grateful Dead in the computer revolution.
Along the way learn about privacy concerns.
- Humor: There are often
interesting truths and perspectives revealed in humor.
- Barry, D. (1996).
Dave Barry in Cyberspace. NY: Fawcett Columbine. ISBN:0-449-91230-2.
He's been a long-time computer user and understands from the inside some
of the problems and potentials of computer use.
- Tennant, R. (1992).
The Fifth Wave. Kansas City, MO: Andrews & McMeel. ISBN: 0-8362-1890-6.
Collection of cartoons with a technology theme.
- Tennant, R. (1995).
Version 2.0. Kansas City, MO: Andrews & McMeel. ISBN: 0-8362-1783-7.
Second collection of cartoons with technology theme.
- Novels, Mysteries and
- Gibson, William.
(1984). Neuromancer. NY: Ace Books. ISBN: 0-441-56959-5 One of
the earliest to write about implications of the technological age. A dark
- Stephenson, Neal
(1992). Snow Crash. NY: Bantam Books. ISBN: 0-553-56261-4 Another
early writer. Also apocalyptic but unforgettable.
- Stiegler, Marc (1999).
Earthweb. Riverdale, NY: Baen Pub. ISBN: 0-671-57809-x. Cheesy
plot which serves as an excuse to explore an intriguing notion about how
individuals "vote" for government actions by posting bets on
the Internet about which choices will be most effective.
- See Star Trek for
utopian views of technology.
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