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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Throughout the higher education community there is an increasing presence of courses that strive to introduce students to the technology of the e-commerce environment at a variety of instructional levels. The content of these courses ranges from augmenting an introductory course on computer productivity tools with a segment on auto web formatted documents to senior and graduate level courses that address the full three-tier model of an e-commerce system. This paper examines the benefits and shortcomings of the common methods used to demonstrate web site interactivity using HTML forms. The paper also presents a simple and effective instructional tool that enhances the student's understanding and development of interactive web sites using HTML forms. The tool consists of a simple server side ASP program, which can be easily implemented by the instructor, that responds directly and immediately to a form action request submitted by a web user.

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