Conference, Kansas City, MO
Perry Jr, PhD
"Information Technology (IT): An Adjunct to Traditional Teaching Methods in Counselor Education"
How are counselor educators integrating Web-based distance education options into their curricula? A review of many counselor education programs reveal very few Web course information supplements, and even fewer actual Web courses.
A forceful argument could be made that counselor education programs cannot completely satisfy their mission by offering significant parts of their curricula through Web courses. The traditional methods of education, and a heuristic evaluation brings into question the effectiveness of offering "process-type" courses via the Web. Therefore, this presentation explores options that will support Web course information, and actual Web instruction options for lecture-type courses in counselor education curricula.
Status and Change
Much attention has been given to the University of Phoenix, a private system which offers undergraduate and graduate business programs at campuses and learning centers in 12 twelve states and Puerto Rico. Additionally, the September 25, 1998 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education listed the following regional, state, and university-based educational systems that provide distance education through the Web. The Chronicle article noted that "...electronic institutions vary greatly in structure. Some are little more than World-Wide Web sites that direct students to courses offered by traditional institutions. Others are institutions in their own right, with administrators, accreditation, and the ability to grant degrees" (Chronicle of Higher Education, 1998, A37).
Regional and National Institutions and Consortia
The author states that, "The
purpose of this document is not to provide vendor specific
evaluations, but to describe the methodology and selection
process for course development tools that provided best fit
based on existing infrastructure, faculty experience, needs,
and additional criteria which emerged during the evaluation
Professor Creed provides a brief commentary on the following courseware options: Web Course in a Box, WebCT, Nicenet (Internet Classroom Assistant), NetForum, and TopClass (WBT Systems). Links are provided for sites that have information about Web-based courses and virtual communities.
Online Educational Delivery Applications--A Web Tool for Comparative Analysis (Centre for CurriculumTransfer and Technology)
A site that evaluates courseware based on such variables as: technical specifications, instructional design values, media capabilities, tools, ease of use, accessibility to persons with disabilities, potential for collaboration and connectivity, contact information, application reviews.
Courseware reviewed: WebCT, Virtual-U, Top Class, Learning Space. and Web course in a Box. And component applications reviewed include: FirstClass, TeamWave, NortonConnect, Allaire Forums, and WebBoard.
The Chronicle of Higher Education--Information Technology
Contemporary Philosophy 235 (section .01) Fall, 1998 (not available, 12/01)
390--Group Dynamics, Fall, 1998 (not available, 12/01)
Career Development & Information Services (EDSP 5254; Spring 1999) [not available, 12/01]
A Course-Specific Web Site (No Courseware)
PSYC 320--Principles of Learning and Behavior (only selected directories are available, 12/01)
A Course-Specific Web Site (No Courseware)--Tom Creed created a Web course information site that includes HTML, Java Scripts, and QuickTime files. This site represents what may be achieved beyond basic Web course information.
World Lecture Hall (WLH)
(UT at Austin)
Site Sponsor: Web Education Laboratory, LLC
2000, November 22