MIT Club of Northern California
The Internet and Higher Education:
Silicon and Fiber replacing Bricks and Mortar
Professor Burks Oakley II, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
The University of Illinois
March 18th, 1997
The MITCNC and alumni of the University of Illinois
College of Engineering held a joint meeting where the featured speaker was
Professor Burks Oakley II of the University of Illinois.
Professor Oakley is a pioneer in putting higher education
courses and courseware on the Internet. Prof. Oakley
discussed the program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(UIUC) in which networked computers are used to implement innovative
teaching and learning environments.
With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,
the Sloan Center for Asynchronous Learning Environments
at UIUC offers more than eighty courses that have been restructured to take
advantage of the ability of networked computers to provide increased access
to learning materials and to people.
This new approach to teaching and learning has been termed
"Asynchronous Learning Networks" (ALN).
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