These applications were disseminated freely over the web and were used by most institutions of higher education with significant Ne XT computer installations.
It was clear there was a large demand for inquiry-based science education activities and that the Web was an effective means of dissemination.
While the Web provides a vast resource of declarative information (some of it multimedia), far less common are Web sites where instructors can obtain effective inquiry-based tools for teaching science.
The Virtual Courseware Project at California State University, Los Angeles addresses this need through the development and implementation of interactive, web-based simulation activities that emphasize the scientific methods of inquiry: making observations, formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and arriving at conclusions based on these analyses.
The latter subproject includes assessment tools for instructors who register their classes.
Students are presented with a randomized quiz and the results are graded automatically and made available to the instructor.