ERIC Number: ED261428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Computer Conferencing and Education: Complementary or Contradictory Concepts?
Phillips, Amy Friedman; Pease, Pamela S.
To understand how computer conferencing can be used to meld communication and education among remotely located high-level professions, an ongoing exploratory study started to collect data from participants in an advanced adult education course conducted primarily via computer-mediated communication in the area of top level management. The questions posed to the students had three broad research foci: an evaluation of the system as an adult educational environment, the computer as a communication medium, and the social dynamics and interactions among students, instructors and program organizers. The data collected thus far have yielded the following information: (1) the primary reason for enrolling in the course was an interest in the computer-mediated communication process itself, (2) the quality of the social interaction among the seminar participants was most frequently considered to be variable at best, (3) those areas in which the seminars were judged to be most successful were at providing potentially open forums for frank exchange and getting acquainted with new ideas, and (4) there were intriguing issues that dealt with personal feelings and communication dynamics. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (35th, Honolulu, HI, May 23-27, 1985).