What do we want to do with the Web?

John A. Venables

Dept of Physics and Astronomy, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
CPES, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Topics for discussion/ resolution include:
Presentation of technical graphics and equations
The technical aspects have largely been solved by level 4 browsers (watch for MathML in future), but do we want to spend time (preparation and download) on large graphics, and give it all away?
Copyright (institutional/individual..)
University lawyers have got interested, but don't really know what they want; this issue could redefine the relationships between institutions and teachers over time and should be taken seriously.  
Accreditation and costing of 'off-campus' students
Everbody thinks collaboration is a good idea in principle, but does it pay? Is it in anyones' interest/ job specification to spend time on such matters? Note the evolving role of web-based online extended education departments and colleges, and the pre-eminent worldwide position of the Open University in distance learning.  
Useful forms of student-student interaction
E-mail is essential, but what are the real virtues of conferencing, chat rooms and the like? Are they worth it, and if so in what circumstances? This scene is changing very fast, as discussed in my Web-based Education page.


This talk is available at the /grad directory from my home page.