ERIC Number: ED384081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Peer Networking: Making Connections, the Case for Undergraduate Oriented Listservers.
Roiger, James F.
While most faculty and graduate students have opportunities to meet and begin networking at local, regional, and national meetings and symposia, the same opportunities do not exist for most undergraduates. At least four needs of undergraduates might be served by developing dedicated listservers and encouraging students to begin using computer-mediated communication. These needs are: (1) practicing communication skills; (2) creating a sense of communal fellowship; (3) providing updated sources of information that will aid their scholastic and career endeavors; and (4) developing electronic peer networks that are gender-neutral. Listservers sponsored by student organizations, such as Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, provide an inexpensive way for undergraduates to develop contacts around the country and begin networks that will provide future benefits. An analysis of the Lambda Pi Eta listserver suggests that it has at least made a small start toward meeting these needs. Areas for future growth of the listserver are a World Wide Web browser, a database of information about various graduate programs, and a database of current thinking about communication concepts and perspectives written by master scholars. (Contains nine references. Appendixes present information on subscribing to the Lambda Pi Eta listserver and data on usage frequencies of the listserver.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern States Communication Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1995).