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activities, and research. The more active users felt their productivity increased because of
their Internet usage.
Kumari (1999) examined the implications of using the Intemrnet to teach Web-
based courses. She explored the interactions between faculty and students in these
courses. Coe (1999) and Morihara (1999) also examined the topic of distance education
courses and the resultant effects on teaching practices.
Carr (1998) examined the success of an introductory astronomy course offered
through the Idaho Virtual Classroom Electronically Distributed Learning Environment
program. He concluded that such an on-line course offering provided flexibility in when
and where a course could be offered. It also enhanced critical thinking and cognitive
interaction skills. However, some students did not possess the technical knowledge to
access and use the technology used in the course. Toms (1997) examined faculty
members' concerns over the use of the Intemrnet in instructional activities at the University
of Florida. Kaminer (1997) determined that Intemrnet usage by faculty members did not
significantly increase their productivity in producing publications.
Anyone who is an occasional "surfer" on the Intemrnet can become quickly
overwhelmed and discouraged by the vast sea of information sources, Web sites, links,
advertising, and junk that clutters cyber-space. Shapira, Shoval, Raveh, and Hanani
(1996) recommended the development of user profiles to prevent the "lost in hyperspace"
syndrome so many users of the Intemrnet experience on a daily basis. Jennings and Higuchi
(1992) studied a neural network browser for a USENET news service. These authors
proposed developing a browser that would adapt itself to a user's preferences for certain
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