Already, Web-based training material and courses of all kinds
are available, ranging from little more than a syllabus to
sophisticated courses offered by scientific and educational
experts. Some courses are free while others have a fee imposed.
No doubt, educational institutions will soon employ counselors,
to be available online, to interview students and recommend
particular Web-based courses. The Web is delivery medium,
content provider, and subject matter all in one and it fills a
need at the upper end of the educational spectrum, but it also
represents a major challenge to the core educational mission of
These pages are designed to help instructors in using the Web in
education, create material for it, and keep track of it. As you
read, keep in mind that no one is saying that "you must do this"
or "you must do that". Play with the material and add your own
ideas. The Web thrives on experimentation, which is evident in
the constant introduction of new tools designed to spark
creativity. We are able to construct applications and materials
in many new ways. Some of the emerging tools will provide
incredible opportunities to expand knowledge and may even change
the way people read, think, and learn.