Synchronous navigation control for distance learning on the Web

Ping Jer Yeh*, Bi Horng Chen, Ming Chih Lai, Shyan-Ming Yuan

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Most of the research on "distance learning on the Web" is learner-centric. That is, learners play an active role in their learning process, while instructors are passive or even invisible. Unable to treat the instructor/leamer relationship as a whole causes some problems. Therefore, we introduce a new concept of instructor-oriented navigation control on the Web, and then propose and implement a protocol for it. In this model, an instructor (technically, master) can setup a learning group, and those who wish to be guided distantly (technically, slaves) during the study may have their navigation activities controlled synchronously by joining the group. We believe that instructors will become more active and positive with the help of our proposed model in a WWW-based educational environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207-1218
Number of pages12
JournalComputer Networks and ISDN Systems
Issue number7-11
StatePublished - May 1996


  • Albatross
  • Distance learning
  • Instructor/learner relationship
  • Master/slave model
  • Synchronous navigation control

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