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From: Guy Farish <farishg at cc4.adams.edu>
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Subject: Seminar
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I just finished my second time at teaching such a seminar course.  Most 
of my students did not use the web extensively, but a couple of them 
did.  One was a very good student who used it to find information on his 
topic, and also used a variety of more traditional sources (some of which 
he may have found through the web).  Another student, not nearly as 
strong academically, got all of her information from web pages.  I warned 
her midway through the semester that she needed to use the library as 
well, but apparently that was too much like work, and she didn't do it.  
While she found a lot of valuable information, much of it lacked depth or 
rigor commonly found in refereed journals.  

I think that is the greatest danger of this type of research.  It seems 
like playing, and thus might be more fun.  But I think students are wowed 
by the graphics and slick presentation, and don't get at the content that 
they need.  It's also hard to cite, and for those without web access it's 
hard to get to the same information to follow up.

Just some thoughts based on my experience.  If it can be used in 
conjunction with other resources, I think it's great, but some pitfalls 

Guy Farish
Biology Department
Adams State College
Alamosa, CO 81102
(719) 589-7969 FAX (719) 589-7242

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