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ERIC Number: ED352939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 4
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Communicative Competence in Audio Classrooms: A Position Paper for the CADE 1991 Conference.
Burge, Liz
Classroom practitioners need to move their attention away from the technological and logistical competencies required for audio conferencing (AC) to the required communicative competencies in order to advance their skills in handling the psychodynamics of audio virtual classrooms which include audio alone and audio with graphics. While the technology is new, its associated human interaction issues are not, and if these issues are not handled competently, AC will exist as an under-developed technology in an inferior partnership with computer conferencing. Audio classrooms present three initial conditions: (1) reduced cue load, i.e., less non-verbal information is available; (2) distance is psychological as well as geographic; and (3) temporal immediacy is a given, but contextual immediacy cannot be taken for granted. Three conditions are needed for implementation: (1) audio classrooms have to be in context, i.e., integrated into the whole range of course learning and teaching activities; (2) an informal environment is needed where students feel safe enough to share tentative ideas; and (3) participants need to be time-aware, but not time-constrained. In AC there is a need to focus on people and productivity; feel the delight of academic exploration and discovery; see the AC environment as presenting opportunities; use the ideas and strategies of communications theorists; and develop more sophisticated definitions of interactive competence. (Contains 7 references.) (ALF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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