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Modifications on the Course with WebCT


        The course I have made with WebCT is on the subject of "Codes". It consists of three parts: a pretest, an after-test and the Course Content.

Besides there are also two communication tools for the instructor and students to discuss problems: Boulletin Board ( in which all the people can read the message and then discuss together) and Private Email (a person to person tool). For several reasons I did not do it well. On the one hand, I did not quite understand what we were doing. I just put the materials with some explanations there. I had no idea what a course taught through the web ( in distance) would look like. On the other hand, I was not able to get enough English resources on the subject and thus obliged to draw out as much as possible from those at hand which are mostly in French.
        Now when I take a new look of it in the viewpoint of staf13 (graphics), and especially if it is to be analysed with the  knowledge of information units , I found there are much to be modified there in the course. At present, within the limit of time, I'll just explain what I would do, if I was going to modify it.


  1. Find more materials. The course materials I had are not enough to conduct a logical course.
  2. Add graphics and more layers of Information Units.  Teaching in the web is quite different from the traditional classroom. With only the texts, it looks dull and will attract no attention of the students. An ideal course in distance should present not only the verbal texts, but also the graphical or schemical aspects which may serve  different functions.
  3. Redo the tests. Both the pretest and the after-test are not so well done. The responses of the pretest are not so sysmetical and some of the questions are not very well put. Some quizzes will be added in the pages of course in order to make sure that the students have understood each unit. And some self-tests will also be added after each chapter to examine the overall knowledge of it.
  4. Add a calendar. The calender will serve as a pace-setter, i.e. there will be a time limit to the course for each period.
  5. Add references. References are very important in that they expand the knowledge of the students on the subject. The more references they have, the more chances they will have to know more about the field. Of course it also depends on how much the student is interested in the field.

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