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Professors integrate Internet into curriculum

Jan. 24, 1997

Jennifer Paschal /The Baylor LariatHolly Frymire, a San Antonio senior, uses the internet on Thursday afternoon as part of a homework assignment.

By Wilson Aurbach

Lariat Reporter

University professors are enhancing communication with their students by using the Internet. As familiarity with this new technology grows, faculty members are finding new ways to strengthen their courses.

Dr. Michael Korpi, telecommunication division director, has one of the University's most extensive faculty home pages. Students enrolled in Introduction to Electronic Film Media can download a list of key terms for each chapter, class notes and sample questions for upcoming tests.

The 1996 fall semester was the first time Korpi used his web site in conjunction with his classes.

'It's really like writing a new form of textbook,' Korpi said.

Although it was difficult to install the thousands of files encompassed by his various web pages, his efforts proved to be worthwhile when he discovered that average test scores increased four to five points.

Korpi said he is looking forward to future innovations that will let students complete and turn in interactive assignments and practice tests on the web.

As a member of the University's Technology Standards Board, he is experimenting with a new network that is 10 times faster than the University's current system, he said.

Dr. Kyle Cole, assistant professor of journalism, requires students in his Advanced Editing classes to create their own web publication. There are links to other web sites from Cole's page to help students complete their projects.

Students taking Dr. Mikeal Parsons' New Testament Survey class can replace a lackluster quiz grade by writing a review of a New Testament or Christian Origins related web site.

Dr. Bruce Cresson, religion professor, uses the Internet to provide every word of his publication, Introduction to the Bible, to students free of charge.

Student Congress is encouraging every faculty member to put all of their syllabi on the web.

'We, as students, would be more efficient in our course selection, and potentially there could be a dramatic decrease in the number of drop/adds,' said Mark Freeman, a Sherman sophomore representative.

The ability to read through a particular professor's class requirements before registration could give students an idea of their course load for the following semester.

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