| Universität des Saarlandes|
Institut für Rechtsinformatik
|Ken Larsson||Roxanne Toto|
|Stockholm University/ KTH||The Pennsylvania State University|
|Dept. of Computer and Systems Sciences||Instructional Systems Program|
Distance learning via the WWW is a new field for higher education. In times of financial restrictions, the demand for more efficiency and effectiveness is often connected to the potential of tele-supported university teaching. New media require different styles of conveying knowledge and it raises questions about which didactic methods are applicable to Web-based teaching. New methods also demand intensified preparation. Whereas it is becoming more popular to use the Internet as the technical platform for the distribution of on-line study, many descriptions, and reports, promote the thesis that almost unlimited possibilities exist in education that just have to be implemented. Frequently, a positivistic view is held which pushes the discussion of problematic areas such as interactivity, appropriateness of web delivery, and learner control that on-line learning offers into the background The educational gain in relation to the effort for development and realisation of effective instruction is seldom mentioned.
The on-line seminars of the Institute for Law and Computer Sciences (ILCS) at the Saarland University have proven to be far more time and personnel intensive than regular courses, but they open up new possibilities for students and teachers, and afford interdisciplinary and international collaboration. One advantage of on-line courses is the potential for communication, collaboration,