ERIC Number: ED265851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Electronic Networking as an Avenue of Enhanced Professional Interchange.
Ratcliff, James L.
Electronic networking is communication between two or more people that involves one or more telecommunications media. There is electronic networking software available for most computers, including IBM, Apple, and Radio Shack personal computers. Depending upon the sophistication of the hardware and software used, individuals and groups can conference (or "talk") with one another, leave messages, post messages that the entire group can read, send a confidential letter from one member to another, instruct the computer to regularly remind other members of the group about some item, and a variety of other applications. College and university faculty will find electronic networking a valuable addition to the types of professional linkage to which they are already accustomed: articles, papers, newsletters, memos, and messages. Electronic networking can also be utilized for instructional purposes, dialog among members of a professional society, and for the development of jointly-authored articles. As faculty and professional staff at colleges and universities become more familiar with the operation of computers and computer terminals, and as they become more knowledgeable in the use of electronic networking on campus, their desire to communicate with colleagues in other institutions will grow. As a result, newer, stronger, and more frequent exchanges of ideas, materials, and news will facilitate the interchange of ideas among the professoriate, thereby increasing the quality of teaching, learning, and research in higher education. (JB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Communication (Thought Transfer), Computer Literacy, Electronic Equipment, Electronic Mail, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Networks, Information Sources, Microcomputers, Online Systems, Social Networks, Telecommunications, Telephone Communications Systems
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Evaluating Network of the Evaluation Research Society (San Francisco, CA, October 10-13, 1984). Use of colored paper may affect legibility.