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Internet for education
Author(s): Kenneth Hoffman; Michael Karas; Stephen Brown
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Paper Abstract

Internet is rapidly becoming a household word, a synonym for the "information superhighway", a part of the National Information Infrastructure (Nil) in place today. When reviewing the educational use for Internet, one must consider the target user, potential purpose, strength and limitations of the technology, current applications, and the potential for improvement. Originating in academia, the advanced technology evolved among the computing elite. Encouraging the computer user to use the system may prove to be frustrating and premature. Inventors and innovators in computer science developed networking technology and telecommunications for educational use. Today’s educators have become accustomed to computer technology developed for the single user. New Internet users are immersed in technical detail. Applications that capitalize on Internet capability are still in the developmental phase. Extensive use of the current Internet may lead to unacceptably slow response times. A "killer" Internet application has yet to emerge. This paper will provide a brief overview of the technology and focus on areas that create problems. Improvement opportunities are in areas which develop an easy uniform interface which enhances work but hides the underlying technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 1994
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 10278, Defining the Global Information Infrastructure: Infrastructure, Systems, and Services: A Critical Review, 102780R (3 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.192195
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Kenneth Hoffman, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
Michael Karas, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
Stephen Brown, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10278:
Defining the Global Information Infrastructure: Infrastructure, Systems, and Services: A Critical Review
Stephen F. Lundstrom, Editor(s)

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