AusWeb 97 Third Australian
World Wide Web Conference

Courseware on the Web: An Analysis of Student Use

Jan Newmarch Faculty of Information Science and Engineering, University of Canberra, PO Box 1, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia.


World Wide Web, Education, Courseware, HTTP logfile analysis, Student behaviour


There has been a massive rush over the last few years to place courseware on the Web, on the assumption that this will improve student learning. Little work has been performed on testing the value of this assumption over an extended period - largely because the Web is so young. This paper reports on use of some courseware over a three year period, to give a longitudinal analysis of the use and possible value of courseware, both from a local and external student viewpoint. The paper is based on an analysis of server logs over a three year period and attempts to draw conclusions despite the poor quality of the log data.

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