Soon, distance education at Texas A&M University will mean more to students than trying to get from Main Campus to West Campus in 20 minutes or less. This spring, several sections of Chemistry 107, General Chemistry for Engineering Majors, will be offered as a distance education telecourse.

Larry Brown, course designer and coordinator, will deliver telelectures Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:20 a.m. on TCA cable channel 18. The classes will be rebroadcast on KAMU-TV later in the day, and tapes of the lectures will be available at Sterling C. Evans Library. The lectures will be in 'weatherman mode,' complete with colorful graphics and live demonstrations. Brown, who received a college-level teaching award from Texas A&M's Association of Former Students, will answer e-mailed questions at the end of each session. The laboratory session will remain the same.

"Being able to replay lectures can help students prepare for exams, and students who have jobs may find that the telelecture helps them combine work and school," Brown says.

The Chemistry 107 web site (http://www.chem.tamu.edu/class/brown/chem107/index.html) features the course syllabus, handouts and laboratory information. The site also includes animations students can manipulate with the mouse. For the spring semester, new animations and a forum for students to discuss the course will be added to the site.

Brown emphasizes that although the telelecture version of Chemistry 107 allows students more flexibility in scheduling classes, it also requires students to exercise self-discipline. "Whether you decide to hear the lecture on TV or attend class, you will still need to hear the lecture. The lecture, lab and web site are closely integrated," he says.

Students interested in the telecourse can contact Brown at 845-3755 or brown@mail.chem.tamu.edu. A web site has been set up for students who want more information about the telecourse at http://www.chem.tamu.edu/class/brown/tv.

CONTACT: Tiffany Inbody at 845-6746 or tdi@univrel.tamu.edu .
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