URLs & Resources for Interactive Learning

The following list of interactive learning projects is adapted from žBeyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced CoursesÓ by Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999. For each topic, additional resources have been added.

I. Problem Solving Skills

1) žBeyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced CoursesÓ Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999.
http://camden-www.rutgers.edu/~wood/pedagogy.html

Problem-solving activities are designed to answer a fundamental question.  They can be short term or long term.  Web resources may be collected together in a single, self-contained site, or else provided in hotlist form. Often called WebQuests.

For further details see The WebQuest Page, WebQuests for Learning, and The Student Web Quest

A few examples:

Subject-based examples of WebQuests
Ewe 2: The Bioethics of Cloning
Understanding the Kosovo Conflict: A Lesson in Media Literacy
Collapse: Why do civilizations fall?
Who Killed William Robinson?
The Underground Railroad
DNA For Dinner?
What is Sustainable Development?

2) Computational Skills Colloquium
Problem-Solving Across the Curriculum
Moderator John P. Ertel x36657
http://www.nadn.navy.mil/LangStudy/computation/problem_solving.html

3) PROBLARC - Problem Based Learning Assessment and Research Centre
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/services/iesd/learndevelop/problarc/issuesser.htm

II. Skill Acquistion in Web Courses

1)› žBeyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced CoursesÓ

Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999.
http://camden-www.rutgers.edu/~wood/pedagogy.html

Online tutorials to learn technical skills or master a subject area.  A few examples:

Pacific Bell's Blue Web'n site lists a broad array of tutorials by subject matter
WebTeacher tutorials teach a wide range of internet-related skills

Lesson plans, ideas, and resources (mainly for k-12, but many adaptable for college students) may be found at the selected websites at my Educational Websites for Teachers.  Those with an interest in instructional technology may want to sign up for a free subscription to Syllabus magazine.

2) A great site at Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI)

Maricopa Community Colleges lists web & computer "AUTHORING" tools.› "AUTHORING" refers to "programming by non-programmers." This site is a resource collection of pointers to Internet sites for those that develop or "author" multimedia.
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/authoring/

3) Web design Help Site Ů html help site
Web Design Group (WDG)
http://www.htmlhelp.com/

4) MediaBuilder Tutorials Library  
›This site contains tutorials on audio, graphics, video, VRML, and Web design.

5) Software Resources:  Authoring Programs
Anne Arundel Community College Center for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT)
http://www.aacc.cc.md.us/calt/authoring.htm

6) Animation Express: Animation Tutorials› This site contains several links to articles and tutorials on creating animations for the Web.

7) URLs that link to teaching & learning centers

Center for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT)-Anne Arundel Community College
http://www.aacc.cc.md.us/calt/

Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning at Valdosta State University
http://chiron.valdosta.edu/CATL/

III. Virtual Touring

1)› žBeyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced CoursesÓ

Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999.
http://camden-www.rutgers.edu/~wood/pedagogy.html

Students collect specified information as they move about on the web. Can be structured or open-ended. Interactive sites maximize the effectiveness of the experience. Treasure hunts, scavenger hunts or virtual/electronic field trips.

2) www.scrtec.org/rack/tracks/s07102.html

3) www.donnaleelave.com/pix/ipixintro.htm.› (touring with images)

IV. Locating Information

1)› žBeyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced CoursesÓ

Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999.
http://camden-www.rutgers.edu/~wood/pedagogy.html

Students use their own Web-searching skills to complete task-oriented activities to locate specific information on the World Wide Web.› Builds both searching and evaluation skills.

2) www.information.org›› This is an open access institute for information gathering.

3) www.fic.info.gov.››› Federal information gathering

4) www.oit.umd.edu/units/ads›› Office of Information Technology

V. Analyzing data

1)› žBeyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced CoursesÓ

Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999.
http://camden-www.rutgers.edu/~wood/pedagogy.html

Students access online interactive databases to run experiments, simulations, and to test hypotheses online.› Such activities may stand alone or be part of a larger project.

2) Examples of use of interactive learning in science courses can be found at: žDesigning Web Based Instruction for Active LearningÓ
http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/cs/Staff/Homes/Stephen/wbi.html

3) This site allows you to browse and view hundreds of courses using interactive learning, in all disciplines: http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tl/

VI. Researching

1)› žBeyond the Electronic Reserve Shelf Pedagogical Possibilities and Resources in Web-Enhanced CoursesÓ

Robert E. Wood, Syllabus, November/December 1999.
http://camden-www.rutgers.edu/~wood/pedagogy.html

Research can include multi-dimensional use of the Internet for major projects over a period of time. In most instances, Internet-based research will supplement library, lab or field research.

2) The Maryland Digital Library provides information resources in a range of disciplines and includes periodical databases:› http://md-diglib.org/