ERIC Number: ED396347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching and Learning with Electronic Mail: Pedagogical Perspectives.
This paper explores various pedagogical perspectives regarding the use of electronic mail in the classroom as a supplemental and alternative teaching and learning strategy. The paper suggests keeping an electronic journal as a form of writing to clarify and reinforce concepts discussed in class. A brief summary of strategies and assignments are described in the paper. The paper states that the utilization of electronic mail changes the communication process, altering students' relationships to the instructor, to other students, and to the learning environment, and offers examples of those effects. Advantages to using electronic mail, including convenience, cost effectiveness, and improvement of communication skills are noted but, the paper states, there are some disadvantages identified by students and faculty which include initial student resistance or professorial unwillingness to use the technology, limited access to modems or computers, and unreliability of the computer system. The paper also offers issues to consider in the utilization of electronic mail such as training, familiarity with the chosen technology, and maintaining links with the technical support staff. Contains 27 references. (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Contexts; Writing Thinking Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (St. Paul, MN, April 17-21, 1996).