ERIC Number: ED248880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Pollard, Jim; Holznagel, Don
Report to Decision Makers, n2 Mar 1984
Decision makers must address the issues of (1) just what are electronic communications? (2) how will they help me teach, administer, or survive? and (3) what will it cost in time and money? Electronic mail allows the sending of letters, memos, and messages to anyone who uses the same electronic mail system, and provides most of the options that are available through the traditional post office, including registered, bulk, and express mail. Perhaps the greatest advantage of electronic mail, however, is the informal, telegraphic writing style that is customary. Other forms of electronic communication include electronic bulletin boards and computer conferences. Hooking up with an electronic mail system requires equipment (a microcomputer or terminal, modem, interface, and cable); software (a smart or dumb terminal); and an electronic mail system with which to connect. System options include The Source, SpecialNet, Compuserve, DIALCom, and local networks. Each electronic mail system charges for membership, amount of time spent in using the system, and telephone line rental. The best bet for deciding on which electronic mail system to use is to find one used by colleagues. (LMM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers: Electronic Bulletin Boards; Electronic Mail
Note: Issue No. 1 of Reports to Decision Makers is out of print and will not be reissued.