Methods of presenting information in large lectures have changed over the years; from the blackboard, to the overhead projector, to the television, and now the computer. The problem with education, however, is not the method of presentation -- it is the assimilation of material presented. Unfortunately most early uses of technology in education focused on the presentation of information.
Our efforts are aimed at using technology to enable new modes of learning -- to make possible what hitherto was not. For example, we have developed ways to facilitate communication between instructor and students and between students both inside and outside the classroom. The goal is to provide a structure that is conducive to learning and helps both instructors and student focus attention and the areas that require most attention.