ERIC Number: ED409845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Participant Analysis of a Multi-Class, Multi-State, On-Line, Discussion List.
Knupfer, Nancy Nelson; And Others
As interest in distance education increases, many university instructors are experimenting with listserv discussion within their courses. Six educational technology professors at four universities initiated a listserv discussion group within their various classes for 52 graduate students. Discussion topics were four general themes within educational technology and distance education: regulatory issues, instructional design, sociopolitical issues, and technologies. Student participation was required and graded. Instructors provided guidelines for participation. This paper provides student analysis of listserv activity, reaction to the discussion list, and content of the discussion. Students evaluated content, form, style, and tone of the list traffic, looking for patterns of communication. Student analysis included: factors influencing message frequency; problems with listserv message content; problems with message identification and referencing to related messages; and recommendations for future listserv use and analysis. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1997 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (19th, Albuquerque, NM, February 14-18, 1997); see IR 018 421.