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Teaching yourself is the best way for maximum possibilities... but self-directed study is not for everyone. You can find much in virtual reality using computers, but many people prefer the tactile experience of working face to face with a teacher or being near other students. Self study requires personal discipline and excellent time management skills.

  • Study a section of as a self-directed on-line program. First you need to articulate 'What do I hope to learn.' This helps you determine which path is best for you and keeps you focused. Then move page by page through each section. There is a tour in each section to help you do this. You can use your computer to access many such computer assisted learning sites over the web and this site encourages you to do just that. The trick is to not lose yourself among the options, but to keep coming back to your own learning goals.

  • Study at school. For this approach you will need to follow the rhythm of a class and the suggestions of your teacher. There are teachers using as supplement material in their classes. Use your extra time to play among the many options afforded by the web but remember to keep focused on the goals of the class and complete assignments.

How do I use

Explore these pages and you will discover many links. Links are a button, word, or image on a web page which you can click with your mouse to visit a new website. Take these links and enjoy an assortment of opinions and impressions under each subject heading. For example in the Global Issues section you will find 15 major headings, each page with its own assortment of links. The point is to explore within your chosen topic and then come back and interact with what you have found.

What is the pedagogical perspective of

Student centered learning, trying to keep a focus on learning new skills while having fun:

  • The most recent addition to is Talking about Japan in English designed for Japanese university students studying English wishing to share their own experience in English conversation.

  • The curriculum descriptions within the Global Issues section illustrates the use of world themes in an 'English as a foreign language' discussion class. Designed originally for Japanese university students these pages can be used as support material for discussion groups or as a reference for research. The Link Page Index includes numerous examples of student created link pages.

  • The Disney Lessons in a classroom setting mix film screenings with topical discussion. These pages can enhance a curriculum or just be enjoyed. Read the teacher notes in each section for ideas.

  • The Mastering the Internet Tour helps self-directed learners 'jump-in' to the technological side of computers. Hopefully these lessons can provide a foundation for further personalized self-directed learning, a prerequisite for mastering the complexity inherent in this new medium.
  • The Kid's Link Pages address the learning style of early learners. Random linking, in a safe environment of preselected pages designed specifically for children, allows for security and spontaneous play. Please remember, when children use the Internet they should always be supervised, there is always something that needs a parent or teacher's awareness.

  • Teen Pages focus on crisis issues and those themes of interest to young adults.

Everything you see here reflects directly on the author Robert L. Seltman. An effort was made to play 'devil's advocate' by introducing source material from a variety of perspectives. To encourage debate among students, you will find links to a wide variety of opinions. If you are a teacher or parent please supervise the use of this site. If you are a learner please remember:

"Just because something is on the Net does not mean it is true!"

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