AusWeb 97 Third Australian
World Wide Web Conference

Evaluating the effectiveness of Internet delivered coursework

John Vargo, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand. Phone: +643-362-2627, Fax: +643-362-2727,


Education effectiveness, higher education, Internet education technology, media research, interactive learning


There is much excitement about the application of interactive instructional methods using Internet based technologies. But do these technologies really provide a pedagogically sound foundation on which to build more effective (as well as efficient) educational programmes. This question is the key focus of the authors stream of research of which this paper is a report on work-in-progress, including a summary of literature and a synthesis of aspects of effective education which may be supported by Internet based technologies. Also included is early work on constructing a course module to test the hypothesis that this technology will increase instructional effectiveness.

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