Web Site Usage in Large Classes

Melissa Melan melan at DUQ3.CC.DUQ.EDU
Wed Aug 9 10:16:53 EST 1995


Dear Plant-Ed'ers,

        I have been following the discussion of practice exams on Web
Pages, etc with great interest.  We have just established an in-house
newsgroup/bulletin board for our General Biology class this year.  We are
expecting an enrollment close to 600 and so felt that a newsgroup would be
a good way to generate class discussions that don't degenerate into mayhem.
 It would also be a way for students to answer each other's questions, etc
instead of solely relying upon the instructors.

        My question is:  do these newsgroups/discussion groups really work?
 That is, do the students actually use them or do they regard them as
either a nuisance and never use them or do they regard them simply as a
place to have "gripe sessions"?

        If anyone "out there" has prior experience with using this system
I'd love to hear about how it worked (or didn't work).

Thanks in advance.

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Melissa Melan                           (melan at duq3.cc.duq.edu)
Department of Biological Sciences
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA  15282
(412) 396-5565





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