ERIC Number: ED400578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Distance Learning via a Modem.
The computer modem provides an inexpensive and simple method of teaching off-campus students. A speech communication course taught across a computer based distance learning system can provide students with a quality education if the course organization facilitates teaching, if assignments require students to demonstrate mastery of the material, and if interpersonal relationships develop. The professor should establish a master file for each student, with information and a place to record grades, as each assignment is completed. Project papers may be researched by the student on Compuserve, Internet, or America Online. Students should also be given a list of the speech communication journals available in their local university library, such as "Communication Education,""Quarterly Journal of Speech," etc. The assignments should be evaluated through specific questions about concepts, sources, documentation, and application of material. Teaching by computer requires many hours of interaction and assessment, more than in a traditional classroom. The interpersonal relationship between student and teacher can be enhanced by giving the student more feedback (both positive and negative) than usual on their assignments, by responding to e-mail in a friendly voice, and by grading assignments within 72 hours. And symbols can express emotions on the printed page. The professor should always respond professionally and never apologize for a correct evaluation. The computer modem can be a wonderful channel for education. (NKA)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Modems, Research Papers (Students), Speech Communication, Student Evaluation, Student Needs, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).