Volume 90, Issue 79

Thursday, February 13, 1997



Learning on-line

By Sarah Malek
Gazette Staff

The faculty of part-time and continuing education is offering its first course taught entirely over the World Wide Web. The infectious disease course was designed by Michael Clarke, a professor in the department of microbiology and immunology.

Clarke explained each day will have a different theme and topic to explore. Students will also learn how the press treats its coverage of outbreaks of diseases like Ebola and HIV and will learn to critique the stories.

The only requirement for students is "a desire and motivation to learn," Clarke said.

He does not see classes over the Internet as a trend – or at least he hopes they are not. Clarke explained he is fearful of such a trend because he believes undergraduate students are looking for more in their studies and teachers cannot offer the experience of a face-to-face interaction over the web. But he said that "a desire to learn may compensate for face-to-face lectures."

The course will use conferencing on the web, email and a chat line, Mark Rayner from the faculty explained. All that is needed is the knowledge of how to get around the Internet.

Students can check out the web site at www.mni.uwo.ca/BUGS.

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