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ERIC Number: ED348988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
The Networked Classroom: An Assessment of the Southern Interior Telecommunications Project (SITP). Phase 1: August 1990-August 1991. Final Report: September 1991.
Teles, Lucio; Duxbury, Nancy
The Networked Classroom was implemented by the Southern Interior Telecommunications Project (SITP) to provide computer mediated communication (CMC) to teachers and students in the southern region of British Columbia. The Networked Classroom uses telecommunication networks to link teachers and students from different locations, to support their access to information and information-sharing, and to facilitate collaboration and knowledge building. The technological infrastructure for this project is referred to as Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), and includes computer conferencing, electronic mail, and online databases. Computer conferencing, a technology that supports group communication, was the principal medium used. Data for a formative evaluation were collected via archival search, questionnaires, interviews, videotapes of sessions, system-generated usage statistics, analysis of conference transcripts, and focus groups. This report provides an overview of Phase 1 of the project and its objectives, a description of the SITP resources, and the attributes of this new technology as perceived by project participants. It also contains information on participants' usage patterns, and an account of types of impacts this medium is having on SITP users and schools. The report concludes with research findings and recommendations to improve SITP in Phase 2. Appendices provide additional information, including descriptions of the research methodology used, the SITP conferences, and SITP approaches to online learning. (Contains 31 references.) (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby (British Columbia). Faculty of Education.
Identifiers: British Columbia; Computer Mediated Communication