- The potential of the Internet-especially, the World Wide Web- as a medium for instruction has been realized. Numerous web-based courses have been developed in the recent past. However, most of these courses are nothing but glorified texts. The reasons being (a) lack of understanding of the pedagogic challenges of web-based instruction and (b) the unavailability of tools to enhance student learning.
QuestWriter™ is an on-line course management system. It provides tools that can be very easily plugged into web-based courses to create on-line quizzes, to implement collaborative discussions, to maintain a comprehensive on-line student Gradebook etc.,
QuestWriter™ is based on effective pedagogic practices for web-based instruction practiced and preached by the InterQuest™ community.
QuestWriter™ (version 1.0) has been used at Oregon State University to deliver 4 sections of Mth251 (an introductory calculus course) and Phil201 (an introductory philosophy course) in Fall 1996. Five other courses (that use QuestWriter™) are under development and will be offered to students via the web after Fall 1996.