Issue 7.1 represented the annual special issue of selected papers presented at ALT-C 98. This issue is the first time the new editorial team have edited an 'open' issue comprised of papers selected from those submitted as part of the normal refereeing process. The broad scope of the papers in this open issue - courseware design, collaborative learning, evaluation, student use of electronic bibliographic databases, staff development - bears witness to one of the most fascinating aspects of learning technology: its broad-based interdisciplinary nature.
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