ERIC Number: ED352941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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Computer Mediated Communication: How Does It Change the Social-Psychological Aspects of Teaching and Instruction?
Ruberg, Laurie F.; Sherman, Thomas M.
This paper examines educational applications of computer-based communications to identify unique tools for learning provided by this medium and to identify key features of successful text-based computer mediated communications (CMC) projects. A review of CMC programs provides guidelines for designing effective teacher training programs in CMC. Since institutions of higher learning are significant sponsors of technology training programs for teachers, an additional section addresses the role of higher education in supporting improvements in teacher training programs. Five dependent variables--performance outcomes, cognitive processing, efficiency, equity of access to instruction, and nature of social interaction--and four independent variables--characteristics of the media, student characteristics, instructional method, and social context of learning and instruction--are described in association with media research. It is suggested that a future research agenda should include the amassing of more data to evaluate critically the most appropriate uses and clientele for CMC. (Contains 33 references.) (Author/ALF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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