ERIC Number: ED344580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Social Learning and Electronic Communication: Development of a Conceptual Framework.
Lyness, Ann L.; And Others
The purpose of this paper is to describe an evolving conceptual framework resulting from the use of a computer mediated discussion assignment in a graduate nursing course over the past several years. The objective has been to build a consensus among classmates via electronic communication concerning readings about making new knowledge more available for use by persons in daily work. To accomplish the assignment, students were given an orientation to the electronic mail system. Then, through use of a computer group alias, students sent messages to all of the members of the class and the instructor at one time, much as a person would communicate to all members in a live discussion group at one time. The class has been taught three times with this assignment, and similar results have been observed each time. Although students varied in the ways they attempted to synthesize ideas toward a consensus, at the end of the course communications showed a definite merging of ideas. Each time students evaluated the assignment as a positive learning experience. They appreciated the opportunity to interact with classmates on electronic mail and to gain a sense of the ideas of the entire class over the term. The consistency of students' responses in emphasizing the social aspect when communicating for a specified purpose on electronic mail has suggested a beginning conceptual framework. (25 references) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Computer Mediated Communication; Consensus Models
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Washington, DC, February 7, 1992).