Database: Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
||Teaching with an Intranet
||School of Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
||+44 (0)121 414 6159
||+44 (0)121 414 4942
A course on geological data-handling (looked at through spreadsheeting) has
been set up on an Intranet Website running on a local Windows server.
- The course information is always available - unlike paper.
- It is easy to make updates that can be disseminated rapidly.
- Provides support to assessed work - the tutor can spot common mistakes and
provide feedback to all students.
- Questionnaires to assess student experience prior to the commencement of
- Feedback forms to analyse Website.
- Hints and tips available to all students
- Discussion group
- Local server - simple to administer (no UNIX required)
- Network speed - fewer bottlenecks
Student Use of Website (during this first year of use):
- Questionnaire form - used by all.
- Feedback form - used by the computer literate.
- Example pages - early days, used by some.
Future: The system seems to work in terms of student response and it is easy
to set up (takes approximately one week to create).
The main problem, as with all computer-based courses is that of resources and
the cost of upgrading equipment etc. At present there are 26 workstations and
106 students on the course.
World Wide Web (WWW)
Keywords can be used to search for specific topics
Abstracts are also listed by Originator
Page created 5 June 2000
Database pages maintained by Phil Gravestock