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textbook-related materials online. Many company Web sites also provide job postings
and announcements, a frequently asked questions (FAQs) section, customer feedback
links to solicit comments from their customers, and searchable technical support
Colleges, universities, and other schools use Web sites to distribute information
about areas of study, provide course information, or register students for classes online.
Instructors use their Web sites to issue announcements, post questions on reading
material, list contact information, and provide easy access to lecture notes and slides.
Many instructors today use the course management software adopted by their respective
schools to upload course content. Using a standard course management product across
a university makes it easier for students to find information related to their various
courses. Many course management tools allow instructors to write their own Web
content for courses. With many systems, instructors can use Web pages to provide
further information for their students within the structure of the course management
tool provided by the school. In addition to keeping in contact with current students
via the Web, universities also provide a variety of Web site functionality to a variety
of visitors as shown in Figure 1-5.
Web site used
by students,
faculty, staff,
alumni, and
links for
links to
Figure 1-5 University Web sites are varied.
In addition to the use of the Internet by companies and educational institutions,
individuals might create personal Web sites that include their résumés to make them
easily accessible to any interested employers. Families can share photographs, video and
audio clips, stories, schedules, or other information through Web sites (Figure 1-6).
Many individual Web sites allow password protection, which makes a safer environment
for sharing information.
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