Plants, Pathogens, and People: Extending the classroom to the Web

Bertram C. Bruce, Heather Dowd, Darin M. Eastburn, Cleora J. D'Arcy

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Plante, Pathogens, and People is a Web site promoting agricultural awareness via multimedia lectures about plant diseases and online lab activities in which students investigate phenomena. The me of the site in large-enrollment classes for 6-plus years affords a well-documented case of Web-enhanced instruction. Qualitative and quantitative data on student perceptions of the site, their learning, and the relation of the Web site to the course as a whole provide insights into both the benefits and the challenges of Web-based teaching and learning. Students rate the site as an enhancement to their learning, but there are differential responses to various components of the site, which provide a fuller picture of how students see Web-based learning relating to their overall educational experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1730-1753
Number of pages24
JournalTeachers College Record
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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