Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 13 Issue 02

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Volume 13, No. 2
Pages 106 - 107

THE OCEANOGRAPHY CLASSROOM • Review of "An Introduction to Online Physical Oceanography"

Dean A. McManus
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This review of Dr. Matthias Tomczak’s World Wide Web site is from a pedagogical viewpoint, giving little attention to the scientific content of the site, Before beginning the review, however, I would like to thank Dr. Tomczak for presenting the historical development of the site in his adjacent paper. It records that an instructor does not have to change to Web-assisted instruction all at once; the change can evolve. Too many instructors, in my’ experience, are so dismayed by the thought of having to learn a new instructional technology (that has no relevance to their research) and, then, by the thought of preparing the entire course at once that they do not begin the task, even when templates are available to facilitate the task. Dr. Tomczak’s story should ease some commonly shared anxieties. His story also records that forces beyond the instructor’s control may dictate changes in the course presentation, whether the instructor is ready or not.


McManus, D.A. 2000. Education: Review of “An Introduction to Online Physical Oceanography.” Oceanography 13(2):106–107, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2000.45.