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Issues in Web-Based Education Management of the learning process includes tasks such as time tabling tracking attendance recording progress calculating grades and identifying the learning needs of students Many educators already use tools such as spreadsheets databases and specialized software to perform these tasks The Web offers an environment that can integrate these separate tools behind a consistent interface and make the whole process of class management more efficient Inglis Ling Joosten 1999 p 8 The fact that several books exist about building a Web-based classroom indicates the growing need and desire for it Most educators aim to use a teaching approach that is effective efficient and enjoyable However many existing approaches suffer from problems that can adversely influence these goals New approaches Web-based and not offer characteristics that make it possible to more easily facilitate these ideas Herring 1999 12 Although courses offered over the Internet benefit students and teachers alike disadvantages exit as well Both the education and training sectors face an increase in the number of people needing and wanting to undertake further education In many cases the inclining demand on education exceeds the funding allocated to education Darbyshire 2000 p 201 One driving force behind the surge in demand for education is the increasing rate of change in work environments brought about by technology and the recognition that most workers will require some form of retraining throughout the course of their working lives Increasing demand can result in larger class sizes higher student-to-staff ratios and a decrease in the interaction between students and staff Growing class sizes also put a strain on physical resources Most university students are familiar with overcrowded lecture halls that force people to sit in the aisles At some institutions the inability of physical classrooms to handle the increased class sizes has led to repeat lectures Bastiaens Martens 2000 p 29 Among the increasing population of learners is a significant population of mature students who
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