Responsible Use of the Internet in Education: Issues Concerning Evaluation, Citation, Copyright and Fair Use of Web Materials

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9780972077538: Responsible Use of the Internet in Education: Issues Concerning Evaluation, Citation, Copyright and Fair Use of Web Materials

This book examines the issues involved in using the Internet in education. As with other technologies, the effect the Internet will have in the learning process will depend on how it is actually utilized in the classroom.

Part I discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet in education, along with those educational activities that seem more natural for use on the Internet.

To derive any substantial benefit in using the Internet for research, one must search effectively for information on the research topic. When the needed information is found, it must be preserved properly and used in a responsible manner. This is discussed in Part II.

Obviously, not all information found on the Internet is accurate, and not all Internet projects meet educational goals. How does one evaluate Internet materials for accuracy and for meeting curriculum goals? Part III discusses evaluation of web materials and how to get involved in collaborative projects in an effective and responsible manner.

Many ethical issues must be considered when using Internet materials or communicating using Internet communication channels. Parts IV and V discuss citation of Internet materials, online netiquette, copyright and fair use, and Acceptable use Policies.

This book is designed to assist educators in gaining a balanced view regarding the implications of using the Internet to enhance learning. It is the author's belief that such knowledge is essential for an effective and responsible use of the Internet in Education.

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About the Author:

Dr. Aniekan Ebiefung is a University of Chattanooga Foundation Professor of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Professor Ebiefung holds a Ph.D in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University.

Dr. Ebiefung has received many research grants and teaching awards, including the 1993 Oakridge Associated Universities Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in Mathematics and Computer Science, Student Government Association Outstanding Professor Award 1993-4, the 1998 Southeastern Inform Best Paper Award in Quantitative Theory and Methods Track, and the University of Chattanooga Foundation Professorship.

In addition to receiving over 30 grants, Professor Ebiefung has organized, both locally and internationally, workshops, seminars and discussion groups on problem solving and on the use of the Internet in teaching. He has consulted for the National Science Foundation, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and the Educational Testing Service through various grant activities. He is listed in Who's Who in American Education and Who's Who in the World.

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