Thomas P. Copley,Ph.D.
trainor at barn.com
Wed Dec 18 17:26:00 EST 1996
this guy has it going:
| TUNE IN THE NET WORKSHOP: GLOBAL REACH FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
| "Tune In the Net Workshop: Global Reach for the 21st Century" is an
| eight week distance learning workshop focusing on tools for Internet
| interactivity and conducted via e-mail and the World Wide Web (WWW). The
| workshop will introduce the beginner to the basic concepts of
| interactivity, and assist the more experienced user in making his or her
| Web pages into a stand-out interactive site.
| Interactivity is the ability of the Internet user to alter certain
| aspects of his or her environment, resulting in useful functionality. It
| is the method of control and contingent response between user and
| medium. Some popular terms to describe interactive systems include
| multimedia, hypermedia, infotainment and edutainment. Interactivity can
| be as simple as an animation or as complex as a multi-user game played
| over the Internet. However, most users will find practical interactive
| applications more useful - applications such as hooking up HTML forms to
| virtual shopping cart or on-line sales catalog scripts in order to
| enhance a commercial site. Interactivity provides many ways to obtain
| input from users, including the ability to make regions of an image
| active so that a click on a "hot spot" will activate a link to another
| Web page or initiate some other action. Users may also interact with
| the Web page itself. Some examples of this include a self-assessment
| quiz for a Web course, a price comparison calculator for a commercial
| site, or a decision assistant, such as a color picker.
| Internet site builders and Web page generators have become increasingly
| sophisticated, incorporating "wizards" in order to simplify the work of
| authors. These wizards provide templates and other useful functions that
| enable authors to produce Web pages with little or no
| HTML coding by hand.
| capability for the two most widely used Web browsers, Netscape Navigator
| and Microsoft Internet Explorer, respectively. These simple-to-use
| scripting languages allow a content author to write short programs that
| can be activated by various Web page elements including buttons, forms,
| backgrounds, and frames.
| Scripts can also be used to program Web servers, as well as browsers, in
| order to make content interactive. Server scripts are short programs
| that provide additional Web server capabilities, such as processing
| information from Web page forms. The most common way to provide
| interactivity to Web pages is through Common Gateway Interface (CGI) Web
| server scripts. Despite their popularity, CGI scripts can be awkward in
| some cases and may place unnecessary demands on the Web server. When
| they can be used, browser scripts are usually preferable to server
| scripts as they cut down on unnecessary requests to the often heavily
| taxed Web server.
| With the introduction of the Java language by Sun Microsystems in 1995,
| the Internet has become a rapidly evolving means for delivering
| interactive content using text, graphics, audio, and video. Java is
| quite different from the above mentioned Web server or browser
| scripting. It is a platform-independent programming language with
| built-in security and network communications capabilities. Java
| programs, or applets, can be launched from a Web browser, or may operate
| independently from the Web, with direct access to the Internet. Several
| Java builder programs, such as JFactory and Marimba's Bongo, permit
| experts in a given domain of knowledge, but who have limited programming
| experience, to produce interactive content using easy-to-use graphical
| tools. Java is also increasingly being used for application programs,
| such as word processors, spreadsheets, and database front-ends. Java's
| built-in networking and security make it ideal for so-called "push"
| media, wherein applications and content are updated often over a network
| when new information and new versions of the software become available.
| For example, a Java-based on-line newspaper can be updated with breaking
| news on the user's desktop frequently, and automatically, during the
| WORKSHOP CONTENT
| The Tune In the Net Workshop will focus on how to efficiently and
| effectively design and use interactive Internet sites. During the
| workshop you will learn how to:
| * quickly prototype Web pages and complete sites using page generators
| and site builders such as Netscape Navigator Gold, Microsoft FrontPage,
| NetObjects Fusion, and Adobe PageMill and SiteMill.
| * make Web page forms and link them to useful applications such as
| databases, key word searches, guest books, and user surveys.
| * give Web pages an interactive graphical look with client-side image
| maps. This capability of both Navigator and Internet Explorer permits
| clicking on different regions of an image in order to link to another
| Web page or function.
| * make animations. This often entails using an image-file format that
| will display multiple frames as the file loads.
| * use frames, HTML 3.2, as well as Netscape and Microsoft extensions,
| to customize Web pages. The latter consist of HTML functionality
| developed separately by each company that has yet to be officially
| accepted as part of the recognized standard.
| capabilities, such as personalizing pages with names and e-mail
| addresses, displaying current date and time, image-flipping to produce
| buttons that highlight, providing colored backgrounds that appear to
| fade in from one color to another, and other special effects.
| * utilize "push" media. For example, to use Netscape's InBox Direct and
| explore new frontiers such as Marimba channels with Bongo. Bongo is a
| Java applet, or application builder, that enables one to develop a Java
| applet or application for Marimba Castanet, a new way of distributing
| information on the Internet in which programs and content become
| "channels" on one's computer desktop.
| HOW TO SIGN UP
| The workshop will begin on Monday, January 20, 1997.
| The cost of the workshop is $40 US.*
| To sign up for the workshop, please send an e-mail message to:
| majordomo at arlington.com
| and in the body of the message, place
| subscribe tune
| Or, sign up online by pointing to the URL
| In order to gain maximum advantage from the Tune In the Net Workshop, it
| will be necessary to have a Web browser, preferably either a recent
| version of Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer.
| ABOUT THE AUTHOR
| The workshop leader, Thomas P. Copley,Ph.D. has successfully taught several
| on-line courses in the past, including, most recently, "Make the Link
| Workshop" during 1995 and 1996, and the "Go-pher-it Workshop" in 1994. He
| has been actively involved in on-line teaching for more than a decade, and
| has been a consultant to Apple Computer, Inc. He is also one of the founders
| of the Electronic University, and has been on the faculty of Antioch College
| in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Washington State University. He is the editor
| of an electronic newsletter, the Telelearning Network Synthesizer.
| * A 25% discount is available to anyone who has already participated in
| "Make the Link Workshop"(MLW), or intends to do so now. While not a
| prerequisite for the "Tune In the Net Workshop"(TINW), MLW provides
| complimentary information that may also be of interest to many
| participants in TINW. With the discount the cost of TINW is $30US, and
| for MLW the cost is $20. For both workshops the cost is $50. For more
| information about MLW, send email to info-links at arlington.com or access
| the URL <http://www.crl.com/~gorgon/links.html>.
| THOMAS P. COPLEY tcopley at arlington.com
| Tune In the Net Workshop http://www.crl.com/~gorgon/
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