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02-26-1999

Web-based Distance Learning Course Launched At Clarkson

Clarkson University has initiated its first Web-based distance learning course. The interactive Information Systems class, developed by Management Information Systems Professor Somendra Pant, also involves two on-campus weekend sessions.

Pant explained that by using software called WebCT, he can present the course to students as HTML/PowerPoint slides, and make the content interactive through on-line bulletin boards and on-line chat. The bulletin boards will be used to discuss the concepts covered in each unit, as every student is required to participate. On-line chats, used for mandatory case discussions, will be logged and will be used to provide feedback to students.

Our goal is to offer one Web-based distance learning course per semester, said Professor Farzad Mahmoodi, director of Graduate Programs in the School of Business. "Professor Dennis Horn of the Technical Communications Department has agreed to teach 'Web-Based Information Systems Development' next fall."

The course is sponsored jointly by the Engineering & Manufacturing Management summer program and the School of Business. Ten students from the Engineering & Manufacturing Management summer program, and part-time MBA and MS programs have signed up. Companies represented by students in the course include Kraft, Lucent Technologies, Goulds Pumps, 3COM, Alcoa Inc., Eastman Kodak, and Kinney Drugs.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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