Web-based conferences are used in “telecommunica- tions and computer networks” courses. The Web conference permits participation at a time and place convenient for the student, rather than requiring all participants to be logged into a “chat room” simultane- ously. The Web conference provides threaded discussion capabilities. Students found the Web conference enjoyable and easy to use, although they found little specific benefit for understanding the course material and completing a team project assignment. While the WebBoard software is easy to set up and access, it lacks some administrative features found in earlier computer conferencing software. Overall, Web conferencing is a valuable addition to a traditional course and could enhance the learning environment in a totally Web-based course.
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