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   Welcome to the World Wide Web resources, student work, and student discussion attached to General Education 110, World Cultures to 1500, taught by Richard Hooker at Washington State University. This web course has a long and productive history involving students in collaborative and constructivist work with each other and with others outside the course. This course is now being offered as a distance-learning course integrating distant learners with the on-site classroom. If you are not taking the course, feel free to look at our schedule and our readings and join in on our discussions and our "discussion quizzes" with your ideas and knowledge. Please limit your discussion to material around the current week's work; if you have comments or ideas about other parts of the course or readings, send them to me. Any great mail I receive will be forwarded to the discussion group.

These pages function best in Netscape 3.0 or later;
in a pinch, they can be used or are less functional in Netscape 2.0 or Internet Explorer.


Acknowledgements

   This project especially owes much of its original existence to the wisdom, help, spirit, and encouragement of John Meade at the Learning Systems Group of Washington State University Information Technology, as well as to the general support and spirit of Phil Scuderi, Randy Lagier, Joshua Yeidel, Wei-Chih Jao, Rich Cardon, Peg Collins and Brian Harvey of the IT Learning Systems Group all of whom are accomplishing a magnificent job in developing faculty computer resources. The intelligence, advice, teaching genius, and moral support beyond the call of duty of Paul Brians as well as the unstinting support of Richard Law, Director of General Education, have been the rock on which these pedagogical experiments have been built. However, Professor J. M. Massi of the WSU English department originally pioneered the use of newsgroups, e-mail, and computer networks in her classes. I am grateful to her for laying all the foundations for this project and personally supporting its development with unflagging pedagogical and creative advice. Finally, the most important contributors have been my students over the past three years, with their ambition, willingness, intelligence, and creativity which are everywhere and everyday evident.

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1997, Richard Hooker
Updated 5-8-98