A Solution for ContemporaryTeaching and Learning

  • What is Oncourse?
  • Oncourse Applications
  • Oncourse User Interface
  • Knowledge Required to Use Oncourse
  • Oncourse Hardware and Software Requirements
  • Oncourse System Specifications
  • Oncourse Conceptual Story
  • Oncourse Samples
  • Oncourse R&D Team
  • Technology Transfer and Licensing
  • Press Release
  • Become an Oncourse Beta Tester ... FREE Test Drive ...  
  • Logon to the Oncourse: Indiana University Bloomington Campus
  • Logon to the Oncourse: IUPUI Campus
  • Feedback and Questions
  • What is Oncourse?

    Oncourse Applications

    Oncourse User Interface

    Knowledge Required to Use Oncourse
    Oncourse Hardware and Software Requirements
    PC Compatible Macintosh
    Pentium 90 
    Windows 95/98 or NT 4.0 
    32 MB RAM 
    28.8k modem or network Internet connection 
    Internet Explorer 4 (recommended) or 
    Netscape Navigator 4. 
    PowerPC 6100 
    MacOS System 7 
    32 MB RAM 
    28.8k modem or network Internet connection 
    Internet Explorer 4 (recommended) or Netscape Navigator 4. 

    Oncourse Conceptual Story
      The week before classes, Fall 1998.  Professor John Smith decides to put his coursee syllabus online. While he is comfortable using word processing, e-mail, and a web browser, he doesn't know HTML nor does he have the time to learn it.  He uses his favorite web browser to connect to http://oncourse.iupui.edu/.  He clicks on the logon screen and enters his University Network User Name and Password. A welcome screen confirms that he is a faculty member in the XYZ Department, assigned to teach the fall semester of XYZ 499. He clicks on the XYZ 499 button; then he is asked to enter information about his XYZ 499 class. Instead of retyping the entire text of the syllabus he has prepared for his course, Professor Smith copies the information from his MS-Word document and pastes it in the appropriate fields. The information includes the course description, objectives, requirements, textbook, assignments, online reading, final project, and other elements.  To his delight, Professor Smith realizes he does not need to enter students' names or user IDs anywhere to facilitate access to his course page or computer-mediated communication. Oncourse automatically and dynamically builds a roster, containing all the students' names, e-mail addresses, and homepages.  Professor Smith clicks on some check boxes to include a live chat room, a message board, and class mail. By clicking on the submit button, Professor Smith's class page or syllabus is automatically posted on the Oncourse Web server and is online before he goes to bed.

    First day of classes, Fall 1998. Sally Jones, a student with the university, uses her home computer to visit the Oncourse site. Like Professor Smith, she uses her favorite Web browser to connect to http://oncourse.iupui.edu/ and types in her Network ID, user name and password. The next screen displays Sally's courses. She clicks on XYZ499 where she can access the course information provided by Professor Smith. Included in the information is a welcome message from Professor Smith. As part of the first class assignment, Sally is asked to take an online skill assessment. Sally may also take a few minutes to find out who else is registered, and she may chat with some of her classmates.

    First day of classes, Fall 1998. Sally's dad, an adult student at the university, uses his laptop computer to logon to http://oncourse.iupui.edu/, the same URL that Sally and Professor Smith have used. Although Mr. Jones lives in Indianapolis, his new job requires him to make many business trips, sometimes overseas. This time he is in Menomonie, Wisconsin, attending an important meeting. After logging onto the Oncourse site, Mr. Jones clicks on the Chemistry 101 button. Chemistry 101 is an online course designed for full delivery and access over the Internet with no face-to-face class meetings required.  Like Sally, Mr. Jones will get to know his classmates, understand the course requirements, and take the first online assessment. Mr. Jones watches the first lecture via his laptop computer and spends a few minutes collaborating with his classmates and his chemistry professor.  Before logging out, he sends mail messages to the course librarian and the course mentor.

    Second day of classes, Fall 1998. Based on the students' responses to the online skill assessment, Professor Smith has decided to change the first XYZ499 class assignment and post a new reading list. In addition, he wants to develop an online conference for the following Friday evening. Again, he points his web browser to http://oncourse.iupui.edu/ and enters his Network ID to logon to the system; he then clicks on the XYZ499 link. Since Professor Smith is the instructor of record for XYZ499, the Oncourse environment automatically gives him "edit" privileges to change, add or delete any of the content and categories. Professor Smith successfully completes these tasks without any need to contact the university  Support Center or the neighborhood kid who, in addition to mowing his lawn, is also his computer consultant.

    Last week of classes, Fall 1998. Professor Smith is now convinced that a large portion of his class content and lecture could be delivered via the Web through the Oncourse environment. He is meeting with the chair of the XYZ department and the Dean of his school to discuss his idea to reduce his class contacts to only once a week while the rest of the course content will be delivered via the Web. In addition to the approvals needed to re-engineer the course curriculum and reduce the in-class contact, Professor Smith needs some funding to produce multimedia content to be purchased by the library as online resources for his class, including the digital version of his textbook.

    The following years, 1999-2000. Now, all faculty from any IU campus can easily add their course syllabi and teaching content (more than 47,000 courses), as Professor Smith did in the previous semester, from a single interface. Students from any IU campus or those enrolled in an IU certificate program will use their Network IDs to access course content and engage in communication with others in their learning communities.

    Oncourse System Specifications

    Feedback and Questions

            To offer feedback and ask questions about the Oncourse project, please contact

    Ali Jafari, Ph.D.
    Co Director, Advanced Information Technology Laboratory
    Indiana University
    Phone:  (317) 278 2630
    Fax:      (317) 274 0776
    Email:   weblab@iupui.edu

    Oncourse | WebLab | AITL | UITS | IUPUI | Indiana University