Summary: WebCalC -- Two Years Later
G. Donald Allen
Department of Mathematics
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843
The WebCalC Project Inception
The WebCalC Project, whose team members are Michael Stecher, Philip B. Yasskin,
and this author, is a complete "course-in-a-box." The course is calculus I, a typical
engineering calculus course, equivalent to an AP calculus (but without a graphing
calculator component). The inception of this course was in the Spring of 1997, when the
team decided to generate an online course. Several months of discussion ensued,
particularly over the two most essential points.
· What should be the method/software for delivery?
· What does an online course need to be?
Dozens of other issues, from the file management system to the creation of graphics,
were ignored at first, though each eventually required careful attention.
The second question has a simpler solution summarized as follows:
"At a minimum the complete online course must do everything a book does. To
succeed, it must do very much more. Developers should look for computer