Accession Number : ADA307911

Title :   Netbook - A Toolset in Support of a Collaborative and Cooperative Learning Environment.

Descriptive Note : Quarterly technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ODYSSEY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC ITHACA NY

Personal Author(s) : Stillman, Maureen ; Pienkowski, Nathan

PDF Url : ADA307911

Report Date : 26 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Netbook is a software development/research project being conducted for the DARPA computer aided training initiative (CEATI). As a part of the SNAIR division of CEATI, Netbook concerns itself with the management of Internet resources. More specifically, Netbook is a toolset that allows students, teachers, and administrators to navigate the World Wide Web, collect resources found there, index and annotate those resources, and then organize them in a meaningful way. In addition Netbook provides the capacity for communication with peers and teachers, enabling students to collaborate while engaged in the aforementioned activities. For the first quarter of 1996, the functional specifications for Netbook were defined. This process involved developing a real-world scenario and then defining the components needed for its realization. The major issue that arose in the development of the functional specification surrounded deciding whether Netbook's tool suite would be integrated and structured, or separated and flexible. Because of the particular needs of the audience and an attempt the reduce the learning curve, among other issues, it was decided that an integrated and structured Netbook would add greater value to the research process, and that greater flexibility could always be built in should the Netbook project be extended for future development. In the following quarter Netbook's system architecture will be defined, various components will be coded, and early formative evaluations will begin.

Descriptors :   *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, *DATA MANAGEMENT, *NAVIGATION, *NETWORK ANALYSIS(MANAGEMENT), *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, SCENARIOS, GLOBAL, ENVIRONMENTS, STUDENTS, SPECIFICATIONS, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, DATA ACQUISITION, ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL, LEARNING, INTERNET, COOPERATION, TOOL KITS, LEARNING CURVES.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems

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