ERIC Number: ED305463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Conferencing: A Technology for Adult Education. Technical Report No. 1.
Florini, Barbara M.
Computer conferencing is a promising technology for use in adult education because it eliminates time and geography as barriers to learning for adults. A growing body of evidence indicates that the technology is a suitable means for delivering instruction, although a number of questions remain as to the optimum circumstances for its use. For example, use of computer conferencing has institutional repercussions, such as mere inertia, policy issues, financial issues, cost-benefit ratios, and governmental regulations. Faculty, students, and support staff involved with the technology are also affected. Faculty must alter teaching approaches and reconsider student learning. Students must accommodate themselves to the new format and face the demands of investment in hardware and software. Selection of computer conferencing also raises questions related to instructional design. Points for consideration include the fundamentally asynchronous communication of computer conferencing and the nature of computer screens. The introduction of computer conferencing for instructional purposes places new demands on faculty who need to be conversant with the fundamentals of the computer operating system, learn to use the software, and prepare instruction consistent with its characteristics. Research is needed in the areas of the institution, participants, teaching and learning, and the process. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Educational Development, Educational Technology, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement, Teleconferencing
Syracuse University Kellogg Project, 113 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244-4460 ($4.95; 2 or more copies: 10 percent discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY.