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Course server software for online teaching

Atkinson, R., Cummings, R., Phillips, R. and Pospisil, R. (1999) Course server software for online teaching. In: NET*Working 99 Conference: VET Online: From Left Field to Centre Stage, 1 - 3 September 1999, Carlton Crest Hotel, Melbourne, VIC



Course server software is a general term for server capabilities enabling online teaching functions, including presentation of content, discussion groups, class management and related services. Some providers of education and training purchase a course server software package, for example WebCT, TopClass, Learning Space or others, whilst some develop their own, equivalent packages. Some organisations "outsource" the course server function, for example TechWorks, The Training Precinct and other companies provide this and related services. New kinds of relationships are emerging between owners of course servers, educational organisations and industry. This article reviews the use of these options in Australia, with special reference to technical features and how these interact with staff development, curriculum development, provision of network access and other elements in an integrated approach to online delivery.

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Murdoch Affiliation: Teaching and Learning Centre
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