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An intranet is a technology-mediated model used in distributed learning to display information, to interact, and to communicate within a secure, networked environment. In distributed learning, intranets are used for intense asynchronous and synchronous communication between professors and students via e-mail, digital drop-boxes, threaded discussions, chat rooms, forms, and course content materials (i.e., syllabi, lecture notes, and study guides). An intranet allows the use of videoconferencing, teleconferencing, streaming audio/video, database integration, and relationship management software. An intranet resembles an Internet Web site but is open only to registered participants.

Intranet Technology: The Virtual Classroom and Distance Administration

Intranet technology includes a browser (either Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer) to view information, security measures, a networked environment, database integration, and relational management software. The browser is used to ...

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