Organization site - Fall 2000
Issue: 2/20/01

EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY: Integrating Web Pages As Part of the Teaching Process
By Rich Cameron

Throughout the country more and more educators are embracing technology as part of the teaching process. One way even the most technophobic instructor can join the revolution is in the creation of course web pages.

A course web page is just one of the types of web pages instructors should be looking at to reach today's computer literate student.

Department pages -- Students today want to know about a journalism program before they enroll and creating a departmental page can give the student information beyond what might be printed in a college catalog. The individual instructor might not have the responsibility of creating department pages, but if you are a one-person department or no one else is creating one, then maybe you should take the initiative. The larger the department, the more complex maintaining a department page, or set of pages, can be.

Personal web pages -- Students have always wanted to know something about their teachers and have often looked to student evaluation programs or word of mouth to find out about item. Sell yourself by creating a personal page about how to contact you and what your teaching philosophies are.

Course web pages -- Course web pages are designed to tell the student about your course. The course web page may simply be a reproduction of your syllabus, or it might be much more. This article talks about the course pages.

The first question to ask, of course, is "Why do a course web page?" It is extra work and must be maintained. I'm not going to discuss the negatives here. You might want to look at a web site that does: "C'mon... Everybody's Doin' It . . . And Other Reasons Not to Utilize Technology" at

Some of the reasons to create course web pages include:

  • Increase student participation, preparation and attention -- Students are given more resources with which to work. You can require them to access bits of information for the class outside of class time and keep them engaged.