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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Higher education for the high-tech savvy

"As professors look for ways to engage a generation raised on the Internet, podcasts and chat groups are replacing the lecture hall

From Friday's Globe and Mail
September 7, 2007 at 4:14 AM EDT

Students at Hamilton's McMaster University can hear the first lecture of the year for introductory psychology this week without going anywhere near a classroom.

In a break with tradition, the course's main lectures will be prerecorded and posted on the Web, available for students to watch when they have a free half hour and an Internet connection.

The online lectures, on topics such as colour perception and sexual motivation, are available only to students and, to ward off procrastination, are posted for a limited time. They include interactive slides, practice quizzes and a search function.

Students can pause or rewind, join chat groups or e-mail questions. "

Psychology professor Joe Kim, left, of McMaster University in Hamilton records the program's introductory course lectures for the web. The site is searchable and interactive, with hidden (easter eggs) links. (Glenn Lowson/The Globe and Mail)

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