Submitted to: American Journal of Botany
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/16/1997
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Agronomy 523, Plant Genetic Resource Management, a three credit, graduate-level course taught at Iowa State University is one of the few semester-long courses of its kind. Its comprehensive scope, team of instructors, and access to unique, highly specialized facilities have attracted the interest of many students at other U. S. and international sites who cannot easily attend the course in Ames. Consequently, in 1996 we began to transform the content of this course into a format that could be delivered at a distance via the WWW. An extensive series of lecture notes written in WordPerfect for IBM-compatible PCS was moved onto a dedicated server, and translated into html format via Netscape Navigator Gold. Additional illustrations, graphics, simulation software, and links to sites with related content were added. We found that content organized according to a detailed outline was readily adaptable to transmission via the WWW, and that it was imperative to establish early in the project an attractive and highly legible html format. We found that the team-teaching approach implemented for this course in 1992 greatly expedited development of course content for the WWW.