University libraries offer computer workstations, on-line journals, full-text retrieval, and Internet access. Many students carry laptops that enable research, writing, and learning via the Internet and World Wide Web. Instructors post lecture notes, syllabi, and exam and office hour information on-line. In many classrooms, multimedia applications permit instructors to provide instruction that greatly enhance student participation and make learning multidimensional. The use of the Internet continues to provide a number of benefits to instructors and students. For example, while calling a professor at 2 a.m. to inform him or her of an intended absence is considered highly unacceptable, sending an email at this hour has become quite acceptable. According to Piotrowski and Vodanovich, the Internet provides many other benefits that include ˘quick and remote access to information/instruction, convenience, adaptability to change, speed of communication, the ability to reach large audiences, instant feedback, facilitation of group work, and cost savings÷ (48). For example, instead of purchasing textbooks or traveling to the library to find a particular book is checked out, a student can find many online texts from The Song of Roland to On Walden Pond.
The use of technologies like the Internet has also enabled many instructors to enrich the curriculum and enhance the exchange and