For the majority of students, however, the presence of a live instructor will continue to be far more effective than a computer assisted counterpart in facilitating positive educational outcomes. The greatest potential for new information technology lies in improving the productivity of time spent outside the classroom. Making solutions to problem sets and assigned reading materials available on the Internet offers a lot of convenience.
E-mail vastly simplifies communication between students and faculty and among students who may be engaged in group projects. Although distance learning has existed for some time, the Internet makes possible a large expansion in coverage and better delivery of instruction.