THE WORLD WIDE WEB AS A TEACHING TOOL
Why use the web
The World-Wide Web represents a new concept in technology, the library on your desktop, the dictionary at your fingertips, the sound at your ear. There is nothing that we hear or see that will not be available through WWW.
In 1997, it was possible that there were still some sceptics arguing that the Web was a transitory medium, enjoying over-hyped success. Indeed, many people wondered whether they should still be developing material using standard multimedia authoring packages such as ToolBook or SuperCard. In the space of two years, it is clear that these doubts have disappeared. The whole explosion of the web into popular culture (and popular acceptance) is unquestioned. The power of the Web in terms of reaching the general populace (certainly of the developed world) has been shown repeatedly, ranging from the educational (satellite pictures of the landings on Mars) and the political (the recent publication of the Starr Report), to the sinister (the rise of right-wing factions, the increase in pornographic traffic, and such traps as the web site hosted by the Heaven's Gate religious cult).
The World-Wide Web is one of the most accessible tools available for academics to use. It allows an easy means of publishing material, it has a low learning-curve, the majority of its browsers are graphical and user-friendly, and above all it is free to most people in Higher Education.
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