In early 1998, Anne Keating, PhD contacted us to let us know that she
would be using our applications in her book about the Wired Professor.
Here is an excerpt of that extremely interesting book...
Teaching with the Web as one of my tools has altered and enriched my
teaching. I was young enough to have been exposed to ideas about
collaborative learning when I was a graduate teaching assistant. However, I
was generally unsatisfied by the artificiality of group projects and group
work. Often there were problems and students voiced their concerns about
how they would be graded if the people in the group were working at
different levels of commitment to the project. Something of value about the
quality of an individual effort and engagement with the material seemed
lost in the process. On the Internet, I had observed the culture of
information sharing that evolved from the ARPANET Request for
Comments(RFC). I was intrigued by the dynamically authored and constantly
updated documents on the Internet embodied in Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQs) and newsgroups, where many people came together on a regular basis
to contribute valuable information to a communal store of information on a
given subject. This was a critical resource on the Internet and a valuable
teaching tool if the zest to share information could be reproduced in the
classroom. In the last two years, the Web has provided this platform. Since
the Web is a public space, it is a very real stage for the public
performance of group projects. However, perhaps more importantly, the Web
and the project that are initiated there naturally bring the students in my
classes together in groups, while at the same time preserving the
individual inquiry I have come to value as a teacher....
Guest books and modified guest books have found a niche "market" between
Usenet newsgroups and today's threaded CGI-based bulletin boards. Easy to
setup and maintain, these make-shift "discussion boards" have generated
many memorable topical discussions.
Selena Sol uses a special "setup" file to allow for easy configuration and
modification of the script."
Once you have mastered the process of installing your first script, you
can move on and download more scripts to experiment with. Our first
recommendation would be to set up Selena Sol's Bulletin Board Script. Like
a Usenet newsgroup, this CGI-based bulletin board Perl script allows for
threaded discussions that will permit your students to move easily between
topics and also between postings and replies.... The bulletin board script
is more complex than the guest book (and) will also require more
maintenance. However, once set up, you will find this script to be a
powerful addition to your course Web site and an invaluable communication
tool for your students."
About the book
Anne B. Keating with Joseph Hargitai. The Wired Professor: A Guide to
Incorporating the World Wide Web in College Instruction. New York: New York
University Press, 1999. (pub date: 1/31/99; avail through amazon.com; NYU
Press ISBN: 1814747248 / $50.00 cloth; ISBN: 1814747256 / $19.50 paper
Anne B. Keating, Ph.D.
Curriculum Coordinator for Instructional Technology
The Paul McGhee Division
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
New York University