Teaching in the Electronic World

I pioneered the use of CHAT (Carleton's Hotline for Administration and Teaching) for teaching in 1993-1994. CHAT is an menu-driven interface for students which provides access to email and the world wide web. This original work with CHAT course newsgroups was expanded to the development of course web sites and student web sites for course assignments.

All of my courses are now supplemented with course web sites. These websites vary in content depending on the type and size of class. For example, in larger television (itv) courses, these web sites provide students with lecture notes, course information and materials. In smaller classes, the web site provides access to the students' course web sites where they post assignments, writing and collaborate on group work. I have published research on the use of the web for group work (to appear in Teaching of Psychology), and I have presented aspects of this work at various meetings of learned societies (see "Publications").

I have also been involved in some innovative work with the Department of Engineering and Instructional Television (itv). Carleton University distributed four courses on an experimental basis via MBone through OCRInet to the CANARIE National Test Network during the summer of 1997. I developed the web site for this project (see http://www.carleton.ca/~tpychyl/mbone/).

In the Appendix, I have provided the text of an article that I wrote for our Teaching and Learning Supplement to our campus newspaper - "This Week at Carleton" (now called "This is Carleton"). This article summarizes some of my philosophy of education with respect to the use of computers and similar information technology in education.

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