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Building Your Own Web Course: The Case for Off-the-Shelf Component Software

Thursday, January 1, 1998


Dr. Howard Kaplan, Director of Educational Computing and the Technology Learning Center at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, compares two approaches for developing Web courses: off-the-shelf component software and integrated packages. Kaplan explains how off-the-shelf component software allow faculty to mimic the style of the typical classroom, particularly through the use of the audio slide/lecture, course materials, discussion groups, and testing. The article also cites the differences in cost and training aspects of off-the-shelf components and integrated packages.

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