ERIC Number: ED394160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
Redefining "Communication" for the Basic Course Student: Helping Undergraduates to Conceive of Computer Messages as Communication.
Minch, Kevin M.
In this pivotal time in the 20th-century electronic revolution, when electronic communication is becoming more widespread and affordable, it is certainly worth while to consider the implications that computer mediated communication has for the basic course student's understanding of the communication process. There is a growing need to address communication which takes place in cyberspace. Traditionally, the linear method, with communication taking place within a context having 3 dimensions--physical, psycho-social, and temporal--has been used to teach communications. There is no physical dimension, nor a sense of temporal relativity, in cyberspace. Even the psycho-social context is difficult to evaluate, given that messages are emotionless and text-driven and anonymity is prevalent. Educators need to convey to students the importance of and differences highlighted by computer mediated communication. Students should be encouraged to get e-mail accounts and to use e-mail to contact teachers about problems and set up special appointments. Instructors should also utilize examples of electronic communication to illustrate the steps in the communication process and expand upon discussions of timeframe and how it influences understanding of messages. Finally, everyone involved in the teaching of the basic speech course can emphasize the breadth of the communication process. Electronic communication further bends the definitions of some of the terms traditionally used to define communications and challenges teachers to broaden their horizons as educators in the field of speech. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Context; Cyberspace; Electronic Media
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).