October 1, 1996
112 Willamette is a small, often dimly lit room with 17 X-terminals
and 1 sun computer. (Terminals are not computers. They are more like
interactive TVs in that they need to get their information from
someplace else.) At each of the X-terminals that line the walls
of the room a University of Oregon freshman sits in an adjustable
and comfortable office chair. It's the first day of class and
everyone is here.
Some of the students have logged onto their accounts, but most
wait for the professor to tell them what to do. Professor of physics
and Internet education Greg Bothun sits at a terminal
in the middle of the room.
Today we will cover the standard course content, organization
and philosophy issues. However, because of the youth of the medium
of communication the class will use, we also need to teach a lot
of basic skills. Things like how to log onto their computer accounts
on Gladstone, how to use the terminals and some basic Internet
software. We will not be teaching any of these things today, however.
Today we will just help students to authorize an account for themselves,
talk a little, give them a syllabus and call it a day.
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