Science Education in the Web Era

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Although education has been in the web era for some years, choosing a direction for educational institutions in this era has been a difficult problem. This article will attempt to give some direction to the institutions and individual faculty members who are uncertain how to proceed. There should be little doubt among educators that the Web offers some exceptional learning possibilities that have not been available before the web era. However the classroom is still an excellent venue for learning. It is our opinion that the ideal direction is one that embraces the best of the old and the best of the new that we will call a hybrid approach. This article will examine some questions concerning education in this web era, attempt to answer the questions, show some web components that are ideal for furthering science learning among students, and take the audience to some of our web sites to demonstrate the application of the web to a hybrid course.