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also enriched her traditional class presentations. Teaching the Intemrnet-based course made
her better prepared for the traditional classroom.
Other faculty members felt the Intemrnet allowed them to have greater contact with
their students. They were no longer tied to set office hours. They were now available "24
by 7" through E-mail.
The classroom accessibility of the Intemrnet allowed faculty members to create
more lively class discussions. Instead of filling a chalkboard with problems and their
solutions, a tenure-track faculty member in the sciences gripped the attention of his
students with various Intemrnet sites and visual images readily available from Intemrnet
sites. Instead of the mathematical equations and attempts to depict three-dimensional
objects on the chalk board, he could now show them real-life situations and the science
One tenure-track faculty member in the humanities felt that the "Intemrnet is a tool
for teaching, not a teacher in itself." She felt the Intemrnet had not changed her teaching
style. She did have, however, less sympathy for students who claimed they could not find
materials for their assignments or reported that they could not contact her.
Similar to their responses on why they used the Intemrnet when asked to compare
Internet retrieval of information with the more traditional information providers, these
faculty members felt it was the ease of use, accessibility, convenience, and amount of
information available over the Internet that made the Internet superior to the more
traditional information providers. The factors of access, convenience, and speed of
retrieval were the most noticeable changes to the research process caused by the Internet.
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